Social Fund Cuts
I have a post today at Left Foot Forward, looking at the impact of yesterday’s announcement that Social Fund Crisis Loans are going to be cut back very heavily. We were already worried about the Social Fund: a current consultation on “localising” these vital loans threatens a postcode lottery for support. Steve Webb’s announcement goes further and threatens a lifeline for people at the end of their tether. Since I wrote my post, the Financial Times’ Westminster Blog has put up a very interesting article, contrasting what he said as an Opposition social security spokesperson in 2009 with what he said yesterday when he announced the new cuts. On March 26 we will let the government know what we think of cuts – cuts to public services and cuts like this in the benefits that help the poorest and weakest survive when disaster strikes.