Welfare Assistance Schemes

(asked on 26th March 2024) - View Source

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask His Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to strengthening local welfare services.

Answered by
Viscount Younger of Leckie Portrait
Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
This question was answered on 8th April 2024

A total of £3 billion including Barnett impact has been announced since October 2021 to enable the delivery of Household Support Fund in England. This includes over £2.5 billion allocated to Local Authorities in England. It is for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate their additional Barnett funding.

Councils continue to have the flexibility to use funding from the Local Government Finance Settlement to provide local welfare assistance.

The Government has delivered a balanced package of funding through the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2024-25 which makes available up to £64.7 billion. The most relatively deprived areas of England will receive 18% more per dwelling in available resource through the 2024-25 Settlement than the least deprived areas.

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