Local welfare assistance schemes, operated by local authorities across England, play an important role in responding to the needs of people facing a financial crisis, and help to prevent people reaching a crisis in the first place. However, there’s been limited policy discussion about how the effectiveness of these schemes could be maximised.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action’s (GMPA) new report – Strengthening the role of local welfare assistance – identifies a series of recommendations for local authorities and their partners in Greater Manchester to adopt. The report draws on good practice from both within and outside the city region.
Visit GMPA's website to download the report, the tools developed to support implementation of the recommendations and to listen to the report author Simon Watts discussing the recommendations with their Chief Executive Graham Whitham.