An assessment of local social security provision in London


This report from the UK think New Policy Institute examines the very varied provision of council tax support (CTS), discretionary housing payment (DHP) and local welfare assistance schemes (LWA) across London.

Like all English local authorities, London boroughs are now responsible not just for delivering certain elements of the social security system but for designing them too. This is a result of both the devolution of once national services to local authorities, and their initiatives to fill gaps left by cuts in the national social security system. Council tax support (CTS), discretionary housing payment (DHP) and local welfare assistance schemes (LWA) are all elements of the social security system which are now administered by local authorities. Each benefit has a different focus, but all are intended to prevent and alleviate hardship. Together, they are major parts of what can be called the local social security safety net. This report looks at the provision of CTS, DHP and LWA across the London boroughs, finding that there is a great deal of variation, with some deprived boroughs offering very low levels of support.

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