In times of crisis, children and families increasingly have nowhere to turn

Successful applications have plummeted by 75%

Our report found that the number of successful applications for crisis support from national or local government has plummeted by 75 percent since the Government devolved responsibility to councils in 2013.

23 councils have scrapped their local welfare assistance scheme

Our research found that 23 councils have scrapped their local welfare assistance schemes entirely, while others do little to promote them.

More than a quarter of rejected applications were from families with children

A third of councils who provided information said they do not specifically take the presence of children into account in considering applications to local welfare assistance schemes. This is extremely worrying considering that local authorities have duties under children’s legislation to promote the welfare of children in their area including where children are facing destitution and hardship.

Dedicated funding for crisis support

It’s vital that the Government uses the next spending review to make sure that each council gets sufficient dedicated funding to be spent on crisis support.

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By Ilona Pinter — Policy team

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