Council urges government not to pull ‘safety net' that protects those with vulnerabilities

  • Islington Council is urging the government to keep a ‘safety net' which supports some of the borough's most vulnerable residents.

    Due to the Tory-led coalition announcing that they will abolish the fund from April 2015 Islington Council are worried about the lack of support those with vulnerabilities will receive. Money Notes 2

    The local welfare provision fund helps the council pay for small items of furniture, carpeting and kitchen items for locals in need. These include homeless people and victims of domestic abuse, reports 24dash.

    Over the past year the council has distributed all of the borough's allocation through its resident support scheme which is jointly run with the local charity Cripplegate Foundaiton. Over the last week the local authority agreed unanimously on a motion expressing alarm about the fund planning to be scrapped and is calling for a government rethink.

    Council leader cllr Richard Watts will now write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government urging them not to pull the "vital safety net" away.

    Cllr Andy Hull, who proposed the motion, said: "The local welfare provision fund is a crucial safety net for local people in serious need. Cutting the fund will make life harder for those who are already in most need, including disabled people, people leaving care, and homeless families. We urge the government to think again about removing this safety net for some of Islington's most vulnerable residents, many of whom are already struggling with the impact of other Government cuts to social security."

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