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£500 million support fund - are there any details?

Andrew Dutton
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Has anybody seen anything that’s of any use on this subject?

Nobody seems to know what the gov’t means by ‘local authorities’ - Counties or District/Borough level?

Nobody seems to have been told anything. Not even DWP staff.


Any help appreciated!

Va1der
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http://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-500m-support-for-vulnerable-households-over-winter

For Scotland’s part it sounds like an additional pot of money for the Scottish welfare fund. Guessing it will be administered in a similar manner in E/W (and maybe finally a route to E/W getting a similar arrangement long term?)

Appears there is also an opportunity for organisations to apply to the LAs for funding, with decisions based on who the LA thinks is best suited to “support members of their communities”.  Not sure if that makes it flexible or just vague.

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Thanks for this.

I’d say vague.

‘Councils’ is all it says, not which councils - and the councils themselves appear not to have been told.

Our Discretionary Fund is already getting queries that they can’t answer. The vague outline given would fit their remit, but they have been told nothing.

All pretty disgraceful and a sign of measures taken in panic.

Mike Hughes
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Yup. No detail at all. No-one knows a thing. Timing was really just a sop to certain MPs to reduce opposition to the removal of the uplift etc. Now that’s through there’s no detail and less pressure to provide any.

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Va1der - 06 October 2021 10:09 AM

http://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-500m-support-for-vulnerable-households-over-winter

For Scotland’s part it sounds like an additional pot of money for the Scottish welfare fund. Guessing it will be administered in a similar manner in E/W (and maybe finally a route to E/W getting a similar arrangement long term?)

Appears there is also an opportunity for organisations to apply to the LAs for funding, with decisions based on who the LA thinks is best suited to “support members of their communities”.  Not sure if that makes it flexible or just vague.

We have our long term equivalent in Wales called the discretionary assistance fund, had it since the end of the old social fund

Keith S Adviser
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I have already asked two councils about this and guess what, they knew nothing about it, they don’t have any guidance, plans, information or dare i say it an application process. The draft guidance released today is as clear as fog on a foggy day, except with the last clause ‘cannot be used to pay for advice services’. As previously mentioned, yet more political hot air to distract attention away from the £20 robbery of the UC uplift.

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The draft guidance seemed ok to me, it sets out the expectation for use of the fund. OK, it is ‘up to the local authority’ whether they have a ‘claim’ process or not, but the rest of it was pretty clear to me.

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Problem being that the fund was announced a long time before anyone was told how it worked or who was supposed to run it!