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Topical Questions

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union)

Funding for local welfare assistance, which replaced crisis loans, is threadbare. In Sheffield, the council has managed to retain the fund, but it has more than halved since 2014, which has left people in a desperate position and exposed to loan sharks. The Minister will know that simply identifying a notional figure within the revenue support grant is meaningless when local authority funding has been cut so heavily. Will she agree that the budget should be ring-fenced and properly funded by central Government?