Proposed changes to local Welfare Grants Scheme
Since 2013, South Gloucestershire Council has been running a local Welfare Grants scheme funded by the government. The scheme provides assistance to vulnerable people to help meet their urgent subsistence or financial needs.
Support under the Welfare Grant scheme is not solely money based but identifies support and help to qualifying individuals through other services of the council, direct provision, advice, support agencies and third party bodies such as the wider charitable sector.
It has been confirmed in the 2015/16 Local Government Finance Settlement that the specific grant funding for a Local Welfare Grant Scheme will not continue post 2014/15. When a specific grant falls, the normal council budget process has been to consider reducing council services supported by that specific grant. Therefore on 12 January 2015 South Gloucestershire’s Councillors agreed to consult with the public on the future of the scheme.
The council is considering three options for the future of the Welfare Grants Scheme:
- Option 1: Continue the current scheme - As specific funding is no longer available this would require the council to identify corresponding savings/income to continue to fund it.
- Option 2: Amend the scheme to continue to provide support for the most vulnerable but reduce the on-going costs on the council by making changes to the policy ensuring that only those residents who need urgent immediate assistance and/or need to establish themselves in the area are supported by a grant award. As specific funding is no longer available this would require the council to identify corresponding savings/income to continue to fund it.
- Option 3: Cease the current scheme in line with the loss of specific grant.
Information about the current scheme and how to apply is available from our website
Have your say and further information
This consultation is open from 26 January 2015 until 21 March 2015.
To tell us your views or for further information about this consultation or South Gloucestershire’s Welfare Grants Scheme contact:
- Complete our consultation survey: available online or to download
- Phone: 01454 868899
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Welfare Grants Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR
Copies of this information is available from any South Gloucestershire library or one stop shop or by contacting us using the details listed above.
If you would this information in an accessible format or you would like someone to talk to your group or organisation about this consultation, please contact us using the details listed above to arrange.
This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.
26 Jan 2015 at 00:00
21 Mar 2015 at 23:59
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Phone: 01454 868899
Write to: FREEPOST Plus RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Welfare Grants Consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR