CPAG welcomes government decision on local assistance schemes

September 16, 2014

Responding today to the government’s decision to reconsider how to fund local welfare assistance schemes in 2015/16, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

“We welcome that the government has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance schemes and has committed to undertake a thorough review and consultation before deciding how the schemes will be funded in future.

“Those who use these schemes are amongst the most vulnerable in society and the support they receive plays a key role in crisis prevention. Their needs must be the principal driver of government decision making.

“Our social security system has long recognised that those on low incomes cannot manage one-off, unexpected costs. This funding enables families to flee domestic violence and avoid homelessness, young people to set up home after leaving institutions, and disabled people to buy items to help with independent living.

“Local welfare assistance schemes are the final safety net in our social security system. We look forward to working with the government to help find the most effective way of protecting our poorest families.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

1.  CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.

2.  CPAG acted as intervener in a recent judicial review of the government’s decision to cease funding for local welfare assistance schemes from 2015/16 onwards. Further information on the case.

3.  Local welfare assistance schemes replaced large parts of the national discretionary social fund since April 2013. For further information see Policy Note 1: May 2014

For further information please contact:

Jane Ahrends

CPAG Press Officer

Tel. 020 7812 5216 or 07816 909302

jahrends@cpag.org.uk