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Compassion in Crisis

Church Action on Poverty research has revealed the steep decline in Local Welfare Assistance Schemes across England, where over the past five years, at least 28 local authorities have closed their schemes completely and almost all the remaining schemes have been drastically cut back.

Local Welfare Assistance Schemes are there to provide short-term help where it is needed, so people can ride out a storm and keep their head above water. In 2017-18, a quarter of a million people in England sought help this way, but most funds have become threadbare and 28 councils have closed theirs completely. In the past five years, funding has reduced by 72.5% on average.

Using this map, you can find the area where you live and see the local data.

Read Church Action on Poverty  - Compassion in Crisis Source: Church Action on Poverty