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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


Local welfare provision short term strategy2
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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