Friday, 19 September 2014
Local Welfare Assistance Reprieved for Now
Little reported in the shadow of the Indyref, the government has at least for now backed off from abolishing local welfare assistance. It looks to me that this has been forced by the incredibly slapdash way in which they made the decision being subject to a likely judicial review rather than a genuine change of heart. If so, it may be more of a breathing space than a long term victory. Even the threat of cutting it tends to inhibit local authorities in promoting the schemes. The resulting low take up can then be used for to argue for outright abolition by a government intent on making the poor pay the heaviest penalties.