February 2015 – Extra Funding for Local Welfare Provision
The government has agreed an extra £74m funding to local authorities to assist with local welfare provision in 2015/2016.
Following consultation (October 2014) on the decision to cease extra funding for local welfare provision from April 2015, the government received a large number of responses which predominantly called for additional funding to be made available in order to maintain schemes and prevent costs increasing in other services, including preventing homelessness. As a result the government has now decided to allocate an additional £74m to upper-tier authorities, to assist them in dealing with pressures on local welfare and health and social care on top of the £129.6m national settlement agreed on 18 December 2014.
This, according to Ministers, is designed to help councils as they develop localised arrangements and enable them to continue to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in their communities as well maintain their other frontline services.
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