We all knew this would happen – central government cuts funding to councils, then devolves funding for welfare grants and crisis loans to the same authorities. What did ministers think was going to happen?
They know local authorities don’t have an unlimited pot of cash – in fact, they should know exactly how much money is available to each council.
Now Newcastle City Council says government budget cuts are forcing it to use welfare funding on other services.
Exactly according to the Conservative Government’s plan.
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