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Local Welfare Advice Schemes

R(Christian Jump) v (1) Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and (2) Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government CO/1838/2014

The UK government has agreed to reconsider its decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Advice Schemes, which were established in 2012 to provide emergency support for vulnerable and poor English citizens in crisis.

The Government U-turn came following the initiation of a judicial review in which the charity, Child Poverty Action Group, intervened.  Rather than contest the action the government consented to completing an ongoing review of local welfare provision.  It also agreed to consult and take a new decision on funding for local welfare provision for 2015/2016.  These actions are to be completed by December 2014.

Further coverage from The Guardian can be accessed here.

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