local welfare provision

  • Local Authorities I-L


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    Click on a local authority name to look up the local welfare assistance scheme for that council area.

  • Local Authorities E-H


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    Click on a local authority name to look up the local welfare assistance scheme for that council area.

  • 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 -

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

    Last updated: February 26, 2014
    test case

    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. 

  • Local Authorities A-D


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    Click on a local authority name to look up the local welfare assistance scheme for that council area.

  • 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.