District hopes of controlling £500m fund dashed

By Dan Peters | 13 October 2021

District hopes to be put in control of handing out the new £500m household support fund have been dashed after a ‘bizarre’ government decision.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) lobbied for the cash to be allocated directly to their members in two-tier areas before the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decided to give upper-tier authorities the responsibility for administering and distributing the emergency welfare support.

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