This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London. Four in ten children in the capital live in poverty, the highest rate of any region, and support for families on low incomes is therefore particularly important here. The report presents an account of the existing social fund scheme that is being devolved to local authorities, examines some current options for delivery and looks at promising approaches and key risks.
The aim of the report is to provide a useful resource for local authorities considering how to use the money that will be devolved to them to replace current provision of community care grants and crisis loans through the social fund. The report also has some important messages for central government.