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Local welfare provision consultation

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

Freedom Ride Consultation

George Arthur describes the next move for the South Yorkshire Freedom Riders

GeorgeArthur_LoResThe Freedom Ride open meeting last Thursday saw lots of us coming together and planning our next activities.

We agreed to organise our own consultation about train travel and will be meeting at Barnsley Bus Station at 10.30am this Wednesday morning, to set up our consultation tables with our own consultation sheets and boxes to put completed forms in, which we will hand to the Transport Committee. A copy of the sheet is available for download below. Please use it with friends and neighbours if you can and return at our next meeting or event.

The Sheffield Freedom Riders will be using this at Sheffield bus and train stations. Perhaps Doncaster and Rotherham will be able to do this as well?

We want to make this consultation as large as possible. If we get sheets which show people disagreeing with us that is all part of the democratic process we want to show SYPTE.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th at 11am in the Council Chamber in Barnsley Town Hall! It will be an excellent meeting place for us I hope we can more that fill the chamber to discuss what we have done and to discuss our next plans.

I was invited to speak about our campaign to the North Staffs Pensioners Convention in Stoke on Saturday. They were very impressed with what we have done and have sent their congratulations to us. I hope that we will keep good links with this group who are very active themselves. One of them told me about how they ‘hijacked’ a bus to advertise one of their campaigns!

Hope to see you Wednesday 8th at Barnsley bus station. We are planning to repeat the consultation on other days, most probably on Friday at 10.30am.

Download the survey here: Consultation document