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Local welfare provision in England is at risk of collapsing

13 September 2017

The Decline of Local Welfare Schemes in England: why a new approach is needed.

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In 2013/14, the Government made a decision to abolish Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants and transfer responsibility for these to local authorities who were to create new ‘local welfare schemes’.

This new Centre for Responsible Credit report examines the current funding levels for these schemes in around 70 percent of English local authorities and found:

  • 26 local authorities have now closed their schemes altogether

  • A further 41 authorities have cut back spending on their schemes by over 60 percent

  • 11 of these 41 have cut spending by over 80 percent bringing their schemes to the brink of collapse

The report calls on Government to urgently review its approach and provide more local welfare funding to help local authorities prevent widespread destitution and even greater pressure on already over-stretched housing, health, and social care services.

Local authorities in England who have closed their local welfare schemes

  1. Bournemouth
  2. East Devon
  3. Exeter
  4. Leicestershire
  5. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  6. London Borough of Bexley
  7. London Borough of Haringey
  8. London Borough of Hillingdon
  9. Lincolnshire
  10. Medway
  11. North Lincolnshire
  12. North East Lincolnshire
  13. Northamptonshire
  14. North Devon
  15. Nottinghamshire
  16. Oxfordshire
  17. Portsmouth
  18. Plymouth
  19. Reading
  20. Solihull
  21. South Hams
  22. Staffordshire
  23. Teignbridge
  24. Torridge
  25. West Berkshire
  26. West Devon

Local authority local welfare schemes facing closure

  1. Calderdale
  2. Dudley
  3. East Sussex
  4. Kingston Upon Thames
  5. London Borough of Hackney
  6. London Borough of Lambeth
  7. London Borough of Lewisham
  8. Somerset County Council
  9. Newcastle Upon Tyne
  10. Redcar and Cleveland
  11. Rotherham

 Decline of Local Welfare Schemes in England: why a new approach is needed