Securing local welfare provision

With thanks to our volunteer Yasmin Adib for her support in producing this blog Local welfare is the final safety net which prevents people from low incomes from falling into destitution, providing support with essentials such as food, heating, and clothing. In England responsibility for certain forms of welfare have been devolved from central government [Read more]

London Councils: Troubled Families programme offers broader lessons for local services

London Councils Troubled Families Report (PDF) From London Councils: London Councils had launched a new report ‘Troubled Families Programme: Lessons for Future Public Service Reform’.  The report explores the experience of the Troubled Families Programme in London, with councils taking a strong local grip on the delivery of integrated services and suggests that it offers [Read more]

West London mental health employment pilot announced

West London is one of four areas which will see a new mental health employment pilot programme rolled out in 2015, as part of DCLG’s Growth Deal initiative: The government has announced a further £12 million is to be invested in helping people with mental health conditions return to work. Nearly half (46%) of people [Read more]

Central London Forward (CLF) Working Capital Programme website launched

LINK: CLF Working Capital Programme, Commissioning and Procurement Information From Central London Forward: This website will provide information about the commissioning and procurement of the Managing Agent for the Central London Forward (CLF) Working Capital Programme. It will offer a means for CLF to inform potential bidders for the Managing Agent role about progress of the commissioning process [Read more]

LGA tool tracks the impact of welfare reform in the UK at borough level

LINK: LG Inform tool From the Local Government Association: The Local Government Association, with assistance from Inclusion, has launched an online tool to track welfare reform across the UK. The tool allows the user to tailor their report according to single tier, district and county local authority geographies. It gives an overview of the impacts of welfare reform, [Read more]

DCLG Troubled Families programme to expand in eleven London boroughs

In August Eric Pickles announced that the government’s Troubled Families programme would be expanded in 51 of the best performing local authority areas, ahead of a new national 5 year programme to run from 2015. Among the high-performing local authorities who will work with additional families this year are the following London boroughs: Barking and [Read more]

City Growth Commission calls for radical decentralisation of budget, policy-making powers, and tax proceeds to ‘Devolved City-regions’

City Growth Commission, Unleashing Metro Growth (PDF) The RSA’s City Growth Commission has published its final report, making recommendations to national and local government to ensure that UK city-regions take a new role in our political economy, creating stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth. The City Growth Commission is a twelve month enquiry into how [Read more]

London Councils calls on govt to continue local welfare provision, DWP publishes DHP spend by local authority

London Councils, Local Welfare Provision – one year on (June 2014) (PDF) London Councils have published a report looking at the arrangements London’s local authorities have made for local welfare provision, to replace Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans (axed in early 2013). The report gives an overview of the local welfare schemes in London: Funding – the Department for Work and [Read more]

CPAG report: widespread fear of welfare reform uprooting London families and communities

CPAG, Families on the brink: welfare reform in London (PDF) A new report from CPAG looks at the impact of welfare reform in London, from the perspective of local authorities, advice services and parents. It finds that families are struggling and are unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area; and there is a [Read more]

Local Authority UC pilots: debt, internet access, and ineffective local partnerships are biggest challenges

Local Authority Led Pilots: A summary of early learning from the pilots, July 2013 (PDF) From CESI: The Department for Work and Pensions has published a summary of early learning from the Local Authority Led Pilots on the design and roll-out of Universal Credit. The learning from these pilots is said to inform the ongoing design [Read more]