10 Jun 2020

 The Children’s Society reacts to the promise by Boris Johnson to give £63million to council local welfare assistance schemes .

Sam Royston, Director of Policy at The Children’s Society said:

“We are very pleased to see the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of local welfare assistance and its ability to help families through the current crisis.  The £63 million announced today is very welcome, although it falls far short of the £250 million urgently needed.

“Local welfare schemes have been gradually eroded, with one in seven local authorities now offering no scheme at all. Our recent research found spending on emergency financial support has fallen by £250 million compared to support provided through predecessor schemes in 2010, with 63% of councils cutting spending between 2015 and 2019.

“It is therefore vital that this money is ring-fenced for local welfare schemes and that the Government requires all areas to have a scheme in place. Without this guidance, there is a real risk that families facing financial crisis will continue to have nowhere to turn to prevent destitution.”

Please also find more information about our work in this area here.

To find out about the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme in your area, have a look at this map on the Coordinated Community Support website here.

 

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For more information, please contact The Children’s Society’s media team on 0207 8414422 or email charlie.neal@childrenssociety.org.uk. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796508