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Dorset Crisis Victims Still To Get Help

Flood Damage Portland

6:53am 3rd October 2014

Victims of floods, fires and domestic violence in Dorset will still get crisis funding.

Members of the County Council have agreed to continue with the Local Welfare Assistance Fund despite the Government pulling their funding for the scheme.

The council are setting £200,000 aside for it.

Last year more than 2,000 people in the county received crisis loans for food, clothing and furniture.

Cllr Jill Haynes, the council's Cabinet member for adult social care, said:

"The emergency local assistance service has proved to be an effective way to give vulnerable residents access to the things they need in a time of crisis.

"The council has agreed to fund the scheme with just over £200k for the next year, which will provide a safety-net for people facing a crisis and give them assistance with food, clothing, bedding and utility costs if they have no-one else to turn to.

"Local authorities are under no obligation to continue the scheme, and our decision to use the council's money to continue the service means that we have to make further progress in increasing our efficiency, getting better value for the tax payers money and make more efficient use of resources."

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said the move to end the scheme could leave councils unable to support families who suddenly face an emergency and it warned their plight could worsen because they were denied short-term help to tide them over.

The Government has now agreed to review the proposal and a consultation will follow later this year.

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