Welfare Assistance Programme
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 abolished some of the discretionary elements of the Department of Work and Pensions Social Fund – most notably Crisis Loans, and Community Care Grants. These are emergency loans for people on benefits to buy one off items, such as cookers or fridges, or emergency grants to vulnerable individuals. These schemes will cease at the end of March 2013, and be replaced welfare assistance schemes set up by top tier Local Authorities.
There is no requirement for Local Authorities to set up the scheme in a particular way, and Local Authorities are encouraged to:
- Work in partnership with the local Third Sector to develop schemes
- Explore a range of in-kind support, and to link to advice, information and advocacy.
- Explore a full range of models for delivery.
Please see attached document for Consultation report
- Consultation Report, 278.0 kB (Microsoft Word Document)