social fund

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • What is replacing the social fund?

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
    article

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

  • Localisation of the Social Fund: Countdown to change

    March 2013
    briefing

    From April 2013, the discretionary elements of the Social Fund, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, will cease to operate at a national level. Funding to provide a replacement scheme will be devolved to local authority level.

  • Editorial: low-income families face another bleak year

    Issue 141 (Spring 2013)
    article

    Looking back at how low-income families fared in 2012 is a dispiriting exercise: minimal wage rises, the escalating price of essentials and benefit cuts all conspired to make it a dismal year.  Sadly, 2013 looks set to be no better: this year we will see, among other things, the introduction of the benefit cap which, for the first time since the 1970s, disconnects assistance from assessed need; the localisation of the social fund and of council tax benefit, which will result in many low-income families having to find the funds to pay council tax in the future; and the advent of the tougher regimes of both universal credit and personal independence payment.

  • CPAG in Scotland comments on Social Fund Draft Guidance

    August 2012
    briefing

    We commented on the consultation on the draft guidance for the Scottish Community Support Fund.

  • The Social Fund at a local level: notes for and from practitioners

    August 2012
    briefing

    This report focuses on issues and key considerations for English local authorities in developing a local social fund replacement scheme. Based on roundtable discussions with practitioners in London, Darlington, Newcastle, Leicester and Stockport, the report presents key concerns and potential solutions currently being discussed by councils.

  • Delivering the social fund at a local level

    Issue 229 (August 2012)
    article

    CPAG published a new report at the end of June,1looking 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.

  • Delivering the social fund at London-level: opportunities and risks

    June 2012
    briefing

    This report focuses on delivery of the social fund by local authorities in London. Four in ten children in the capital live in poverty, the highest rate of any region, and support for families on low incomes is therefore particularly important here. The report presents an account of the existing social fund scheme that is being devolved to local authorities, examines some current options for delivery and looks at promising approaches and key risks.

    The aim of the report is to provide a useful resource for local authorities considering how to use the money that will be devolved to them to replace current provision of community care grants and crisis loans through the social fund. The report also has some important messages for central government.

  • Letter to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and DWP Minister about the social fund in Scotland 23.04.12

    April 2012
    briefing

    CPAG in Scotland has been actively lobbying the Scottish Government and Parliament on the importance of setting up an adequate replacement to the discretionary social fund (community care grants and crisis loans) following their abolition from April 2013 under the UK Welfare Reform Act.

  • Welfare Reform Act 2012

    Issue 227 (April 2012)
    article

    Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.