Supporting services that provide financial crisis support and advice
Boosting people’s incomes - either directly for example through financial assistance, or indirectly through information and advice on tax, benefits and debt - is a vital strand in any food poverty reduction strategy. Local authorities have a number of levers at their disposal. These include direct financial support through Council Tax Support or Rate Relief, emergency or hardship grants and other financial provision, as well as funding welfare and debt advice services to maximise household incomes.
Food poverty alliances can take action by helping increase knowledge of the local levels of Council Tax Support and encouraging councils to set low minimum payments for people who qualify for Council Tax Support or Rate Relief.
- Child poverty:income maximisation action plan 2020-21 (Welsh Government, 2020)
- Council tax and rates (Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, 2017)
- How has Council Tax Support affected claimants across England? (New Policy Institute 2017)
- Council tax support schemes in 2017-18: what are the key issues ahead of councils’ decisions? (New Policy Institute, 2017)
- Best practice in Lambeth (p.23) and Recommendations for local government (p.32) from Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London (CPAG and Z2K, 2016)
- A guide to benefits (Citizens Advice Bureau)
- A guide to local welfare assistance schemes (Child Poverty Action Group)
Food Poverty: Over 8 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat. Sustain is working with communities, third-sector organisations, local authorities and government, aiming to make sure everyone can eat well.
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