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Cllr Emma DanielThe Labour and Co-operative Group has expressed alarm at the government’s plans to end the Local Welfare Assistance Fund from April 2015. The fund has provided vital help for local people facing personal crises, from helping pay the rent to putting food on the table. Labour strongly urges for the fund to continue, and seeks the support of the council to demand that Eric Pickles reinstates this vital fund.

Emma Daniel, Labour Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove, said:

Ending the Local Welfare Assistance Fund will have a devastating effect on the residents of Brighton and Hove. Combined with severe cuts to benefits and a sharp rise in poverty figures, more people living from hand to mouth will find themselves in a more vulnerable position. If an unexpected crisis hits, they will no longer be able to receive emergency funds from the council. This is why I am calling for the Local Welfare Assistance Fund to continue and for the Chief Executive to write to Eric Pickles to ensure that this happens.

  • Brighton and Hove City Council’s Local Welfare Assistance Fund operates under the name ‘Local Discretionary Social Fund’

  • The Local Welfare Assistance fund was introduced in 2013 to replace government-provided crisis loans, with each local authority area allocated money from the £347 million total. Government's local government finance settlement published last December revealed that funding would not be continued from 2015, despite no consultation being held on the scheme's future.

  • Poverty has been rising sharply in the South-East which is indicated by the rising demand for food banks. In Fiscal Year 2013/2014, the Trussell Trust provided help through food banks to 91,974 people in the South-East. This is up from 44,951 in the previous Fiscal Year – an increase of 105 per cent in just one year.

Labour calls for Local Welfare Assistance Fund to be continued

The Labour and Co-operative Group has expressed alarm at the government’s plans to end the Local Welfare Assistance Fund from April 2015. The fund has provided vital help for local...

The Labour and Co-operative Group have voted in favour of a six-week period of public consultation on changes to City Plan Part One for Brighton and Hove. Tory planning policies mean that the council has had to look at green spaces on the edge of the city. Labour believes it is important that as many people as possible let the Planning Inspector and the council know their views on these proposals during the consultation period from 4 November.

Without an agreed plan, the city would face a development free-for-all, risking the city’s future and its economy.

Councillor Warren Morgan, the Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

I voted today to put the changes to the City Plan out to public consultation so that residents of Brighton and Hove can tell the government planning inspector what they think. The Labour and Co-operative Group is firmly opposed to building on allotments and parks. The Tory government is watering down planning controls and we need a plan to be able to stop uncontrolled developments on open spaces around the city that Tory planning policy allows
The Tories chose today to take a NIMBY and populist approach ahead of the election in the hope that resident will not realise it would have the opposite effect: allowing a developer free-for-all on every allotment, park and open space in the city.

Labour votes in favour of public consultation on City Plan

The Labour and Co-operative Group have voted in favour of a six-week period of public consultation on changes to City Plan Part One for Brighton and Hove. Tory planning policies...

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Chris Henry, leader of the Home Sweet Home campaign in Brighton & Hove, has been shortlisted for a national award by the community organisation Movement for Change. Mr Henry's nomination was for his role in leading the campaign for a fairer way to rent in the city and his work in looking at how a license for private landlords would raise standards and stamp out rogue landlords.

Chris, who is also the Labour Party candidate in Hangleton & Knoll, said: "It's a great honour to have been nominated but this was a team effort. We’ve spent 14 months listening to residents about problems in the private rented sector and then creating ideas to solve them.

“My nomination is testament to the hard work of everyone involved from across community groups. We can now look ahead to 2015 and say that landlord licensing is a possible solution to improving the 44,000 homes which fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard and where rent costs are eye-wateringly high.”

“I now have a commitment from Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister, that she will work with a Labour council in the city on implementing three year tenancies, ban letting agent fees and will stabilising rent prices.”

For more information on the Home Sweet Home campaign in Brighton & Hove see: http://southeast.movementforchange.org.uk/home_sweet_home

Community campaigner’s national nomination for housing campaign

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