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The Independent View: Save our safety net

Four children are left home alone for five days. Social services step in to move the kids out to live with their father. But there’s a problem: the council have found a flat for the newly formed family, but it is unfurnished. The dad lives on a low income and does not have the savings to buy five beds and mattresses, and all the other furniture that is needed. If the property isn’t adequately furnished, the children will have to be taken into care. (See case study here).

Situations like this exist up and down the country. In this case, the family were awarded a loan from the local welfare provision (LWP) scheme run by their local authority which allowed them to start again after this period of massive instability. But if they lived in a different part of the country their local provision might not have been as generous, or the local council simply may not have established a scheme at all. And with central government funding to councils for LWP currently under threat, support of this type is likely to be even more limited in the future.

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  • User AvatarNick Collins 27th Jan - 2:54pm
    Mark, I used your very words by utilising "Copy" and "Paste": the only difference being in that you referred to a "a vast amount of...
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    Now we seem south-east centred, and dependent on the support of well-educated middle-class liberal-minded people. Our strongest support in the south-east used to be poor...
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    Nick, I do think that you may be misquoting me somewhat. That said, a good, effective Town or Parish Council will need to do a...
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    The process in my little town seems to have been more or less as follows. A largely self selected clique of the local busybodies, do-gooders...
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