In April 2013 parts of the discretionary social fund were handed over the local government who have been running local welfare assistance schemes (LWAS) from that point on. However, in December 2013, the government published indicative figures which suggest that LWAS will receive no dedicated funding from 2015/16.
In September 2014, the government committed to making a fresh decision on how these schemes would be funded.
As this policy note makes clear, CPAG has a number of concerns relating to this decision. Specifically: