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Making welfare work locally case study showcase - Round 2 (b)

Part b: Local social welfare schemes

In April 2013, crisis loans and community care grants were abolished and the money given on a non-ring-fenced basis to upper tier local authorities in England and to the Welsh and Scottish governments until March 2015. The rationale was that crisis loans and community care grants often failed to reach the people most in need and were open to abuse. Local authorities were arguably better placed to know the needs of their local communities and help people in crisis or to establish themselves in the community.

Here we showcase three different examples of how local authorities have designed and implemented local social welfare schemes that look beyond the claimant’s immediate needs and work to support them to access wider help from local services.

Making welfare work locally: Trafford Council

In designing Trafford Assist, the council worked hard to involve local partners to make best use of both the new funding and local expertise and resources.

Making welfare work locally: Liverpool City Council

Their scheme was designed to be flexible and appropriate changes were made during the year as lessons were learned.

Surrey County Council

Surrey consulted early with a range of their local advice and service providers.