LGA responds to £63 million local welfare assistance fund

“Councils have responded quickly and effectively to the complex challenges faced by local communities and this funding will help them continue to provide much needed crisis support to households who are struggling to afford food, fuel and other essentials."


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Responding to the announcement by the Prime Minister that a £63 million local welfare assistance fund will be launched for the most vulnerable families hit by the coronavirus crisis, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

“Councils have responded quickly and effectively to the complex challenges faced by local communities and this funding will help them continue to provide much needed crisis support to households who are struggling to afford food, fuel and other essentials. We are pleased that the Government has listened to our call for funding to help pay for this much needed additional support. 

Councils and their partners in the voluntary sector continue to work tirelessly to help households facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, many of whose circumstances changed overnight. Many of these pressures were increased by lockdown measures and social distancing, such as having children home from school or not being able to shop for essentials. 

 “Many households are likely to be economically vulnerable for some time to come and it is vital that the Government puts local welfare funding on a long-term, sustainable footing. The ability of councils to provide preventative support to all households who need it is vital if they are to ensure households can be financially secure and can benefit from council efforts to reboot local economies once the virus is defeated.”