Lambeth Council and nine charities working in the borough have signed a joint letter calling on the Government to reverse its decision to scrap funding designed to help people facing hardship.
Last year the grant, known as Local Welfare Assistance, was worth £1.9m to Lambeth and was used to help residents on the brink of homelessness, families struggling to put food on the table and care leavers setting up home for first time. The grant has now been cut.
Lambeth’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Paul McGlone, said: “It is absurd for the government to support local intervention and prevention and then take away funding. This will affect the most vulnerable and desperate people in our community and is a short sighted saving that will cause misery for many and cost taxpayers far more in the long run.”
In a submission to the Government’s consultation on next year’s council finance settlement Lambeth and the charities have called for the money to be reinstated. The jointly signed consultation response was submitted ahead of the consultation closing yesterday (Jan13).
The consultation was co-signed by St Mungo’s Broadway, Single Homeless Project, Centre 70, Lambeth Law Centre, Merton and Lambeth CAB, Brixton Advice Centre, Every Pound Counts, Thames Reach and Blackfriars Advice Centre.