Local welfare provision, one year on and one year to go?

A joint London Funders, ACO and CPAG event on 2nd April. A full report is available now

One Year On, One Year To Go?

A joint London Funders, Association of Charitable Organisations and CPAG event
2nd April 2014
Meeting report here

Chair
Patrick Butler, Society, Health & Education Policy Editor, The Guardian

 

Speakers

Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance & Performance LB Islington
The experience in Islington and our campaign to keep the safety net with Cripplegate Foundation

Jason Tetley, Chief Executive RL Glasspool - presentation here
Local Welfare - developing outcome-based approaches to local welfare provision

Stuart Braley, Chief Executive Auriga Services - presentation here
Auriga’s experience of handling applications to the Social Fund schemes set up by Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.   The challenge and how the first year has gone – plus what happens next.

Megan Jarvie, London Campaigns Coordinator Child Poverty Action Group - presentation here
Local welfare provision services and the impact of welfare reform on London 
 

This joint London Funders, ACO and CPAG event looked back over the last 12 months of local delivery of welfare provision, following the decentralisation of aspects of the Social Fund to local authorities, and drew on the practical experience of local authorities to identify what’s worked and what hasn’t been successful and how this learning can be used to inform the development of local welfare provision over the year ahead, and beyond.

In light of the recent announcement that the £178 million local welfare provision grant will be abolished from 2015/16, the event also considered:

  • Where next for local welfare provision, particularly in light of the implications of Universal Credit;
  • Can funders be expected to “fill the gap”?
  • What action should funders, and other be taking, to highlight their concerns about the impact this cut will have on some of the most disadvantaged people;

A full report from the meeting is available here