Monday, 19 January 2015
Local Welfare Funds Unspent
More data has emerged on local welfare schemes. There is clearly a big underspend problem in many authorities, including Brent, which has spent only 19.9% of its allocation. I am sure Tory ministers will try to blame this on local government ineffectiveness, when it is really caused by Central government creating uncertainty. As local authorities cannot rely on secure funding, many are taking an excessively stringent approach to gatekeeping, so that many deserving applicants are put off. This was predictable a long time ago.