Following the abolition of central government operated crisis loans and community care grants in April 2013, local authorities across London have implemented innovative local welfare provision partnerships that provide emergency support in crisis situations. London boroughs have worked hard to deliver local welfare schemes that target funding at those most in need and move away from the purely financial transaction model inherent in the abolished central government schemes.
Nine months after the localisation of funding for local welfare provision, the government announced that it intends to scrap the grant that makes the schemes possible. The announcement came in advance of a planned review of localised schemes being carried out.
In many cases boroughs are reporting that they will be unable to continue to provide a local welfare scheme once the dedicated grant ceases. London Councils is calling on the Department of Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government to think again about abolishing the local welfare provision grant.
Watch BBC London’s report on the impact of the withdrawal of Local Welfare Provision funding.