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Hampshire County Council Local Welfare Provision. Dan Stoneman Commissioning Officer HCC. Local Welfare Provision: Background. From April 2013 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be abolishing Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans

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hampshire county council local welfare provision

Hampshire County CouncilLocal Welfare Provision

Dan Stoneman

Commissioning Officer HCC

local welfare provision background
Local Welfare Provision: Background
  • From April 2013 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be abolishing Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans
  • Money used for these purposes is now transferring to Local Authorities to design new Local Welfare Provision (LWP)
local welfare provision expectations
Local Welfare Provision: Expectations
  • The DWP transferred the money to Local Authorities (LA);
    • with no ring fence for the funding
    • with no statutory duty for how the money should be spent
    • with no expectation that existing support is replicated
    • with no expectation that current users are continued to be supported under new LWP
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Local Welfare Provision: Expectations
  • LWP is;
    • to be implemented locally
    • to be used to support the most vulnerable members of communities
    • to be used to tackle the underlying reasons for crisis
    • to do this with reduced levels of funding and at a time of austerity, high unemployment and wider welfare reforms
local welfare provision hampshire s vision
Local Welfare Provision: Hampshire’s Vision
  • Provide more comprehensive information and advice to enable individuals to cope and manage with challenging times and potential crisis
  • Develop access to, and opportunities for, individuals to receive (better) practical support from existing services including the provision of expert information and advice
  • Provide access to goods and cash to support individuals and families in exceptional circumstances through working with local services and providers
local welfare provision hampshire is not
Local Welfare Provision: Hampshire is not….
  • Remotely processing applications for goods, cash or services
  • Providing Loans
  • Setting eligibility criteria in terms of specific groups of individuals
  • Giving goods, cash or services to people without appropriate support
local welfare provision long term strategy
Local Welfare Provision: Long Term Strategy
  • To develop sustainable responses to evidenced demand
  • To remove the likelihood of dependency created by a system that responds with cash or goods alone
  • To reduce the culture of expectation
  • To better support community development to respond to local issues
  • To make best use of a cash limited fund
local welfare provision short term strategy
Local Welfare Provision: Short Term Strategy
  • Information and Advice
      • Develop pages on Hants Web
      • Support information provided by key organisations – HCC / JCP / DWP and CAB
      • Develop relationship with Hampshire Advice Network
      • Commission a Contact Point for telephone referrals and signposting
      • Stand alone web based information
      • Support professionals through guidance and information packs to know where to get help
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Local Welfare Provision: Short Term Strategy
  • Provider Network
      • Map local provider networks – who is out there?
      • Support appropriate referrals into the right network provider or service
      • Enable the providers to access additional resources where necessary to support people they are working with – Memorandum of Understanding
      • Collect data and information about levels of demand and common issues – to enable future development
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Local Welfare Provision: Short Term Strategy
  • Cash / Goods / Vouchers
      • Targeting resources to specific departments internally that deal with most vulnerable groups
      • Providing local provider networks with access to vouchers in extreme cases via a dedicated phone number
      • Developing local capacity – food banks and Furniture re-use
      • Working with external organisations to understand specific demand and appropriate responses
local welfare provision next steps
Local Welfare Provision: Next Steps
  • March 2013
    • Communication for public
    • Guidance for professionals
    • Local Network information
    • Web based information available
  • April 2013
    • Contact Point Live
    • Money lodged with partners
    • Fulfilment centre up and running
    • Begin collecting data for future development
questions contact details
Questions: Contact Details

Dan Stoneman – [email protected]

  • Commissioning Officer HCC
  • Tel: 07714153316

Plum Garland – [email protected]

  • Service Development Officer – LWP
  • Tel: 07880 380175

Hampshire County Council,

E2 Court West,

3rd floor, The Castle,

Winchester S023 8UQ

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