Local Welfare Assistance Fund: It helps the poorest and must be protected

Last week I wrote about cuts to Local Welfare Assistance Grants. The Local Welfare Assistance Fund was brought in just over two years ago after Community Care Grants and Crisis loans were removed. 134 more words


Advice Services and Health Outcomes. A new report from the Low Commission.

A key strand of the work of the Low Commission has been to look at the relationship between advice needs and services, and health. The most forward looking advice services have always developed good relationships with local health service providers in both primary (GP) and secondary (Hospital) care – CAB outreaches in GP surgery centres, for example, have been a common and successful model. 151 more words

Welfare Benefits

Report says Westminster residents need improved support to deal with 'welfare reform'

A report released this month calls on more help for people living in the City of Westminster to deal with the changes thrown up by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 as well as cuts to legal and advice services. 648 more words



Policy Scotland has been co-hosting a two day workshop with the University’s Behaviour, Structures and Interventions Research Network. The event was entitled: ‘Marginalisation, Stigma and Choice? 726 more words


£12bn From Where?

Each year the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) helpfully updates “A Survey of the GB Benefit System”. This document deserves a wider readership than I suspect it gets. 381 more words


The Bare Necessities: a film highlighting the importance of Local Welfare Assistance funds

A campaign film, The Bare Necessities, that has been made entirely by volunteers from Hastings and across East Sussex, is having its first showing at the Electric Palace Cinema, High Street, Hastings, on Monday 29th June 2015 at 5.00pm. 49 more words