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On 1 April 2013, the government abolished Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans (living expenses) previously administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. The council has been given reduced funding to administer some form of local welfare provision. Islington Council in partnership with Cripplegate Foundation has set up a new Resident Support Scheme to offer assistance to residents facing exceptional difficulty.
Islington Resident Support Scheme will offer temporary support to vulnerable and at risk residents facing severe difficulties as a result of government cuts to welfare benefits. The support will help them to improve their situation, for example by moving into employment or moving home.
The Council is bringing together several funding streams so it can be used more effectively to help those most at risk such as helping care leavers, helping someone who has just come out of hospital, helping with housing costs for a short period of time, or helping with expenses related to employment. In some cases help can be given to those who need food and fuel in a crisis situation.
The Department for Work and Pensions will continue to administer Budgeting Loans and a new benefit alignment payment called Short Term Advances. To find out more information please visit http://www.gov.uk/.
On Monday 25 February 2013, Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving is moving offices from 76 Central Street to:
1-3 Colebrooke Place, Islington, London, N1 8HZ
Cripplegate Foundation uses local knowledge to identify needs, to develop new ways of tackling poverty, and to contribute to the wider policy debate about disadvantage and inequality. Staff give advice to organisations on project development and management, premises, other sources of funding and local networks. They meet all applicants and all funded projects are visited.
Islington Giving are teaming up with UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs to run the Islington Challenge. They are looking for exceptional people with great ideas for setting up new social ventures that address the themes of the campaign – Poverty, Isolation and Mental Health Issues. Funding is for £500 to £5000 and the deadline for applications is 28 October.