Welfare Assistance Schemes

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the amount of money people have received out of local welfare assistance schemes in each local authority area since 2013.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Since 2015-16 Local Welfare Provision funding has been rolled into Revenue Support Grant. This decision was made to further simplify and decentralise funding, because local authorities know better how to make good local decisions to help vulnerable people

The Ministry does not give local authorities specific direction about what to spend revenue support grant on. Local authorities are open to spend non ringfenced funding as they see fit to meet local priorities, and are accountable to their local electorate for their spending. However, we do publish data on total expenditure on Local Welfare Assistance Schemes by each local authority, which is available through the link below in each year to 2017/18.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing.

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