Welfare Assistance Schemes:Written question - 276140

Asked by Gareth Thomas
(Harrow West)
Asked on: 11 July 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Welfare Assistance Schemes
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will establish a nationally funded local welfare assistance scheme similar to the former Discretionary Social Fund; and if she will make a statement.
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 19 July 2019

The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no further plans to review this provision.

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