Freedom of information response

Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS)

Publication date: 
Monday 11 November 2019
Request: 

1a)      Do you currently run a Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS)? This is the scheme – or schemes – introduced following the abolition of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for living expenses from 1 April 2013* 

b)         If yes, what is the name or names of your scheme? 

c)         If yes, what is your LWAS budget for the financial year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 

 * If you use the funding that would previously have been spent on LWAS in a different way, e.g. you use it to fund advice services etc. please use this space to summarise this approach and answer other questions as appropriate.  

d)         What is your prospective LWAS budget for the financial year 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021

2)         What was your annual expenditure on Local Welfare Assistance in  
3)         How many local welfare assistance applications have you received, and by how many individual applicants (regardless of outcome): 

4)         How many awards and/or loans were granted in: 

5a)      Have you reviewed your Local Welfare Assistance Policy in the last six years?  

b)         If no, do you have plans to do so?  

c)         If yes, please provide the date of when the review will take place

d)         If no, please provide the reason why there are no plans to review

Response: 

1a)      Yes

b)         Essential Living Fund – details of the scheme can be found on the Councils website: https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/essential-living-fund/about-essential-living-fund.

c)         £332,500

d)         £332,500

2)        £232,900

3)         Applications 522 of which from individuals number 189

4)         Awards 288 of which from individuals number 106

a)         Yes, reviewed 2 years ago

b)         N/A

c)         N/A

d)         N/A

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Request reference:
FOI 9511