The downloadable document below provides information about the Governments consultation on welfare provision – which is currently open for response.  This is in relation to the planned withdrawal of funding for the Local Welfare Provision from April 2015.

In Barnsley this funds the Local Welfare Assistance scheme, which provides grants of goods, and emergency loans to vulnerable people.  You may not be aware that in Barnsley this resource also provides financial support to the Trussel Trust Food Bank, and to advice agencies to provide increased capacity for vulnerable people.

The withdrawal of this fund is likely to result in the closure of the Local Welfare Assistance scheme from April 2015, and end financial support to these resources.

Consequently we urge your organisations to respond to this consultation, in support of the retention of this vital fund.

141010 letter on lwp in 2015-16 consultation