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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:44 pm on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Bill Wiggin Bill Wiggin Chair, Committee of Selection, Chair, Selection Committee 2:44 pm, 4th March 2020

My council has had the same problem. I would ask the Government to think very carefully about training local authorities in how to manage the Bellwin scheme. Certainly, councillors in Herefordshire have been panicking because they do not necessarily understand how the scheme works, they do not know how much they can spend, and they do not know who to turn to. I think the Department that is managing this scheme needs to reach out to the affected local authorities so that at least the officers there know what they are talking about and can advise elected councillors properly.