local welfare provision

  • Local welfare assistance schemes


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    A local welfare assistance scheme can help you if you are in urgent need following an emergency or unforeseen event and have no other source of help. The schemes are run by local councils and they vary. You may be able to get vouchers to pay for food, fuel or clothing or bigger basic living items such as beds, cookers and fridges. You can’t usually get cash.

  • Local welfare assistance: resources


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    Need other ways to get help in an emergency?

    See this blog and scroll down to the heading, Short-term benefit advances and other emergency provision

  • Local welfare: tips and tactics

    Issue 248 (October 2015)
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    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)
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    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

    November 2014
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    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. A broad range of organisations and individuals have submitted evidence in response to the consultation. This page has links to many of them.

    To add your submission to this list please contact Kelly Smith

  • Local Welfare Provision Consultation

    November 2014
    briefing

    This week CPAG have responded to the government's consultation on funding for local welfare provision in 2015/16. You can read our response here.

    Local welfare provision (LWP) was set up by councils in April 2013 following the abolition of the social fund. The schemes help households on a low income manage one-off or unexpected expenditure, such as replacing a broken cooker or setting up home after fleeing domestic violence.

  • Policy note on local welfare assistance schemes

    May 2014
    briefing

    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:

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

    Issue 239 (April 2014)
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    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)
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    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.

  • Northern Ireland


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    Community care grants and crisis loans are no longer availabe in Northern Ireland but people experiencing a financial crisis can apply for Discretionary Help from the Finance Support Service.

    According to the nidirect website, Discretionary Support provides quick, short-term financial support and -