Welfare assistance

Johnson to launch £63m local welfare assistance fund

11/06/2020

The prime minister has announced the creation of a £63m local welfare assistance fund to support the most vulnerable families.

Local welfare schemes cut by £250m in past decade

29/05/2020

Councils should be allocated an extra £275m to help give emergency support to families in crisis, a charity has said.

DWP admits overestimating number of disabled people due benefit refunds

21/10/2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has overestimated the number of sick and disabled people due benefit refunds.

Housing benefits should be ‘at least’ 30% of market rates, London Councils says

09/05/2019

London boroughs have called on Whitehall to lift the Local Housing Allowance to at least 30% of local market rates for private sector accommodation to help ease the pressure on councils.

Children missing out on ‘vital emergency support’ due to cuts

18/03/2019

New research from a children’s charity has revealed that young people are paying the price of Government cuts in crisis support, with many parents struggling to afford food and clothing.

Local welfare cuts leave millions facing ‘financial exclusion’

19/02/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that millions of low-income households are ‘facing debt and financial exclusion’ due to Whitehall cuts.

Minister claims UC claimants ‘happy with service’ despite criticisms

22/06/2018

A minister has defended Universal Credit against damning criticism from auditors, describing it as ‘an agile, adaptable system, fit for the 21st century’.

Benefit cuts forcing young people into homelessness, charity says

01/06/2018

Welfare restrictions are forcing young people into homelessness despite recent Government reforms, charity says.

Ombudsman criticises council for cutting disabled man’s support

31/05/2018

A London council has been fined nearly £3,000 for cutting support for a disabled man.

Call for more support for young people living independently

23/05/2018

The Government must do more to support young people who are living independently, MPs say.

Calls to Universal Credit helpline free, Whitehall confirms

30/11/2017

All calls to helplines for the Universal Credit benefits are now free, the Government has confirmed.

Councils warn welfare reforms are undermining efforts to reduce homelessness

21/09/2017

Councils and housing associations have reported it is becoming harder to work together to reduce homelessness due to welfare reforms, new survey has revealed.

Local welfare schemes at 'risk of collapse'

13/09/2017

Local schemes to help people facing financial emergencies is 'in meltdown' and at risk of collapsing altogether, researchers have warned.

Housing benefit freeze risks increasing homelessness, charity says

06/03/2017

The Government’s freeze on housing benefits could leave some private renters in work at risk of eviction, new study says.

Proposed Jobcentre Plus reforms ‘significant missed opportunity’

27/01/2017

The Government’s proposals to merge Jobcentre Plus offices and benefit centres are ‘a significant missed opportunity’, say council chiefs.

Council blasts 'false economy' of lowering benefit cap

30/09/2016

A study by welfare chiefs at Liverpool City Council has revealed an additional 710 families will be affected by the government’s lowering of the benefit cap.

Report: Boost to poorest from jobs boom will be undone by welfare cuts

02/03/2016

Despite jobs growth lifting 400,000 children out of poverty over the last year, welfare and tax credit cuts will result in the poorest seeing no growth in their incomes for the next five years, a report has found.

130k children pushed into poverty by childcare costs, warn campaigners

22/06/2015

Hundreds of thousands of children have been into poverty thanks to rising childcare costs, campaigners have warned.

Government leaving £15bn payment by results schemes ‘unmonitored’, says watchdog

19/06/2015

The Government has no idea whether its payment-by-results schemes are providing value for money, according to its own spending watchdog.

UK ‘ashamed’ as foodbank use reaches historic high

22/04/2015

A record one million people received at least three days of emergency help from foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust last year, figures reveal.

Cuts to local services and welfare linked to soaring foodbank use

09/04/2015

A rapid rise in the number of foodbanks across the UK has been linked to cuts in local services and welfare.

Charity blames rise in rough sleepers on benefit cuts

27/02/2015

A 55% rise in the number of people sleeping rough since 2010 has been linked to Coalition benefit cuts and welfare reforms.

Upper-tier councils secure £74m for welfare and social care

04/02/2015

Councils have been awarded an extra £74m for social care and local welfare, as the government confirms local government funding for 2015/16.

Scrapping of local welfare funding an ‘expensive mistake’, say councils

29/01/2015

Plans to scrap government support for local welfare assistance could put thousands at risk of homelessness and cost hundreds of millions of pounds, councils claim.

Plans to raise maximum fine for benefit fraud to £5,000

29/01/2015

Maximum penalties for benefit fraud could be more than doubled under government proposal to be debated by MPs today.

‘Punitive’ benefit curbs means bleak Christmas for 80,000 families

22/12/2014

Families hit by the Government's ‘punitive and controversial’ benefits policy will lose an estimated £20m – £250 each on average – according to the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

Welfare reforms fail to deliver expected savings finds report

18/11/2014

The Government’s programme of welfare reforms has fallen way short of its target to reduce spending by £19bn this year – opening the door to further benefit cuts.

LGA: Cut to council crisis funding would affect ‘thousands’

06/10/2014

Three-quarters of councils will scrap or shrink support for England’s most vulnerable people if the Government cuts funding next year, leaders claim.

Cuts to emergency support put vulnerable at risk, says new report

01/07/2014

London Councils is warning that government plans to withdraw £27m of emergency support put the most vulnerable at risk.

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