local welfare provision

  • Saving the safety net - Judicial review against funding cut for Local Welfare Assistance Schemes – CPAG intervention

    Last updated: February 26, 2014
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    R(Christian Jump) v (1) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (2) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government CO/1838/2014

    CPAG is an intervener in this judicial review challenge to the Government’s decision to cease grant funding for Local Welfare Assistance Schemes. These schemes provide vital support for vulnerable individuals and families in crisis, including disabled people, victims of domestic violence and pregnant mothers.

     

  • Local Welfare Assistance Schemes A-Z


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    Use the A-Z links below to search for local welfare assistance schemes under the name of the council area where you live if you live in England or Scotland. 

  • The localisation of the social fund


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    This is a 20-minute video on YouTube of a presentation in July 2013 by Kate Bell of CPAG on the change from the social fund to local welfare assistance and short-term benefits advances.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • "The last backstop for the most vulnerable": what now for local welfare schemes?

    Announcing the provisional local government finance settlement yesterday, Kris Hopkins made things sound just rosy for local welfare provision. A £129.6 million allocation for the successor schemes to the social fund next year? Happy Christmas, one and all.

  • Child Poverty Action Group criticises local welfare decision

    December 18, 2014
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    Child Poverty Action Group has criticised the Government’s decision to maintain the cut in funding for local welfare assistance schemes (LWAs), announced today by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Kris Hopkins in the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.

    The council-run schemes succeeded the Social Fund in 2013 and can grant moderate amounts to people in critical need. (1)

    Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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  • CPAG responds to local welfare decision

    February 3, 2015
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has welcomed the partial restoration of central government funding for Local Welfare Assistance schemes (LWAs) - the successor to the Social Fund – and hopes the funding levels of recent years will be restored in the near future.

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  • CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

    September 16, 2014
    press release

    Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

    “We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future.

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  • Save our safety net

    This blog first appeared on Liberal Democrat Voice.

    Four children are left home alone for five days. Social services step in to move the kids out to live with their father. But there’s a problem: the council have found a flat for the newly formed family, but it is unfurnished. The dad lives on a low income and does not have the savings to buy five beds and mattresses, and all the other furniture that is needed.

  • Shredding the safety net to our national safety net

    The UK’s social security system has long recognised that benefit levels are not sufficient for claimants to build up savings and manage unexpected or one-off costs. However, from April 2015, there will be no source of funding for this.