The Children’s Society has published a report looking at the support available to families facing financial crisis. The research, which draws on responses to freedom of information (FOI) requests and interviews in local authority case study areas, finds that provision of crisis support has become increasingly fragmented since central government devolved responsibility to local authorities. Recommendations include: central government should provide the resources and guidance needed for local authorities to deliver crisis support that is fit for purpose; councils should make sure that support is available for child-related costs; agencies should be able to track vulnerable families through the local crisis support services to ensure they receive the follow up support they need and identify gaps in provision; and eligibility requirements should not prevent families with children and young people in financial crisis from getting help.
Source: Children’s Society Date: 17 March 2019
Further information: Nowhere to turn report (PDF)