Response: DWP Social Fund call for evidence
Shelter response to DWP Social Fund call for evidence
Shelter is aware that the Social Fund is in need of reform, particularly in light of critical reports from the Public Accounts Committee and National Audit Office. Shelter has previously highlighted a number of concerns with the Social Fund, not all of which have been resolved. Our advice and support staff report protracted applications lasting weeks or months to secure essential items such as washing machines or fridges and it is routine for staff to have to appeal against Community Care Grant decisions.