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ACO Meeting - People making notes during a presentation

Localisation of the Social Fund

Our report into an event dealing with implementation of the Social Fund and our development of welfare provision. This event was co hosted by the ACO, London Funders and Child Poverty Action Group

One Year on, one year to go?

This joint Association of Charitable Organisations, London Funders, and CPAG event looked back over the last 12 months of local delivery of welfare provision, following the decentralisation of aspects of the Social Fund to local authorities, and drew on the practical experience of local authorities to identify what’s worked and what hasn’t been successful and how this learning can be used to inform the development of local welfare provision over the year ahead, and beyond.

The meeting considered the recent announcement that £178 million local welfare provision grant will be abolished from 2015/16 and asked: Where next for local welfare provision, particularly in light of the implications of Universal Credit; Can funders be expected to “fill the gap”? and what action should funders, and other be taking, to highlight their concerns about the impact this cut will have on some of the most disadvantaged people.

Held on 2nd April 2014. Chaired by Patrick Butler, Society, Health & Education Policy Editor, The Guardian the meeting heard from a panel of expert speakers including:

  • Cllr Andy Hull, Executive Member for Finance & Performance LB Islington on the experience in Islington and a campaign to keep the safety net with Cripplegate Foundation.
  • Jason Tetley, Chief Executive RL Glasspool, on Local Welfare - developing outcome-based approaches to local welfare provision.
  • Stuart Braley, Chief Executive Auriga Services , on Auriga’s experience of handling applications to the Social Fund schemes set up by Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. The challenge and how the first year has gone – plus what happens next.
  • Megan Jarvie, London Campaigns Coordinator Child Poverty Action Group on Local welfare provision services and the impact of welfare reform on London.

A full report from the meeting is available to ACO members by clicking here

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