Councils will cut emergency welfare if the government cut their funding
The LGA has warned that one in six local authorities will abandon any crisis safety net should the government cut funding’s.
Ministers have been warned that almost three quarters of local authorities will abandon or reduce welfare schemes aimed at providing emergency hep for people with vulnerabilities from next April due to government funding cuts, reports the Guardian.
One in six councils has said they would be unable to afford to run a crisis safety net scheme if the government presses ahead with its plans to cancel its £175m local welfare grant from next year. Campaigners say this will lead to many people turning to food banks and loan sharks as a consequence.
Cllr Claire Kober, chair of the resources board of the Local Government Association (LGA), which carried out the survey, said: “If government pulls the plug on funding from April, many local authorities will be unable to afford to make up the difference at a time when we are tackling the biggest cuts to council funding in living memory. For some local authorities, where budgets are already on the brink, they will have no choice but to close their local welfare assistance schemes down altogether.”
A DWP spokesperson said that regardless of the outcome of the consultation, the government expected local authorities to “act responsibly” and to continue to provide local welfare services.
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