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Still too poor to pay

Issue 155 (Autumn 2016)
While the myriad of social security cuts introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 have rightfully generated extensive reporting, monitoring and analysis, the abolition of council tax benefit has slipped by relatively unnoticed.

Local welfare: tips and tactics

Issue 248 (October 2015)
Robbie Spence sets outs some general tips and tactics for reading between the lines of council guidance about local welfare assistance schemes, in order to give advisers the best chance of getting help for their clients.

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.

Couples, caselaw and same-sex marriage

Issue 240 (June 2014)
David Simmons considers the effects of the introduction of same-sex marriage and some recent caselaw on cohabitation.

New service for advisers - find details of your client's local welfare assistance scheme

Issue 239 (April 2014)
CPAG has launched an innovative new service for advisers and claimants who want to know more about the different local schemes and short-term benefit advances which replaced the discretionary social fund in April 2013. Dan Norris explains what the free service will offer.

Tearing up the safety net

Issue 239 (April 2014)
The future of localised welfare assistance schemes has been thrown into doubt as it emerged that DWP funding would end in April 2015. Dan Norris explains more, including news of the campaign to save the funding for the schemes.

What is replacing the social fund?

Issue 233 (April 2013)
David Simmons looks at alternative provision following the abolition of the discretionary social fund (SF) from 1 April 2013.

Delivering the social fund at a local level

Issue 229 (August 2012)
CPAG published a new report at the end of June, looking at the opportunities and risks around the localisation of the social fund in London. Kate Bell, London campaign co-ordinator at CPAG, explains how some local authorities are planning for the abolition of the discretionary social fund next year, and what ideas are forming as to what should take its place.

Tackling child poverty in partnership

Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
The Child Poverty Act 2010 places an obligation on governments to end child poverty in the UK by 2020. It also places new duties on devolved administrations and local government to tackle child poverty.