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

19 December 2014
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.

CPAG criticises LWA decision

18 December 2014
CPAG has criticised the Government’s decision to maintain the cut in funding for local welfare assistance schemes (LWAs). 

Child Poverty Action Group criticises local welfare decision

18 December 2014
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.

Local welfare assistance: latest news

Issue 243 (December 2014)
As the deadline for the government to make a final decision on the future funding of local welfare assistance schemes (LWAS) nears, there have been a number of significant developments in recent weeks. Dan Norris explains.

Local welfare provision - responses to the consultation

24 November 2014
In September 2014 the government committed to make a “fresh decision” on funding for local welfare provision for 2015/16, and as part of this agreed to consult publicly on various funding options.

Save our safety net

20 November 2014
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.

Local Welfare Provision Consultation

19 November 2014
This week CPAG have responded to the government's consultation on funding for local welfare provision in 2015/16.

The future of Local Welfare Assistance Schemes

18 September 2014
This week, the government committed to making a fresh decision on how Local Welfare Assistance Schemes (LWAS) (also called Local Welfare Provision) will be funded in 2015/16. Their decision will be informed by a thorough examination of how schemes are functioning, and the needs of those that benefit from them - great news for the vulnerable people that rely on them in times of need.

CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

16 September 2014
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...

The dark side of localism: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out

14 August 2014
In the 1949 Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico, residents of the London borough set themselves up as a separate state with predictably comic results. When Pimlico’s governing committee lifts post-war rationing, shoppers flood to the new dominion only to find themselves trapped when its borders are later closed.