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Trussell Trust - Local Lifelines: investing in local welfare during and beyond Covid-19

Trussell Trust - Local Lifelines: investing in local welfare during and beyond Covid-19

Trussell Trust - Local Lifelines: investing in local welfare during and beyond Covid-19

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Trussell Trust have released their latest report Local Lifelines: investing in local welfare during and beyond Covid-19 looking at local welfare assistance in England during the COVID crisis.

The report sets out that:

  • Local welfare assistance played an important role in the response to the crisis, often making the difference between someone staying on their feet or falling into destitution, and it can be an effective way of preventing a financial emergency from escalating into a more sustained crisis.

  • While the £63m of funding for local authorities in England invested in June has provided a lifeline, central government was clear it expected councils to spend most of this money within 12 weeks. Trussell Trust spoke with local authorities who told us they are now facing a financial cliff edge, with further investment needed if they are to keep delivering support to those hardest hit by the crisis.

  • Moving into winter, with 670,000 more people forecast to be pushed into destitution, now is not the time to discontinue that welcome additional investment in local welfare.

Trussell Trust are calling for the Government to:

  1. Extend the Emergency Assistance Grant until the end of the financial year 2020/21
  2. Reconvene the Food and Other Essential Supplies to the Vulnerable Ministerial Task Force until July 2021
  3. Invest £250m per year in local welfare assistance over the longer-term.

You can read their full report here:https://www.trusselltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/10/LWAS_1020_v3.pdf

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