Labour launch petition to save £3m fund for Lancashire’s needy

Big decisions: County Hall in Preston

Big decisions: County Hall in Preston

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A petition has been launched pleading with the Government not to scrap a £3m fund for Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents.

Labour politicians are urging people to add their names to an online call for a rethink over cuts to welfare assistance which will hit some of the worst off in the county.

County Hall deputy leader Coun David Borrow confronted local government minister Kris Hopkins in London this week and urged him to consider an 11th-hour U-turn over the Urgent Need Grant Scheme which is due to end in April.

Later Coun Borrow said: “We are launching a petition calling on the Government to commit now to reinstate the £3m-a-year fund for Lancashire’s Care and Urgent Needs Scheme. We cannot stand by and allow this government to lay the bill for the global financial crisis at the feet of the UK’s most vulnerable residents in their time of greatest need.”

LCC currently uses the cash to help fund its urgent need scheme which helps residents in extreme circumstances with essentials such as food, bedding, emergency transport costs and more.

Coun Borrow, who has been campaigning for a rethink since last January, added: “I made representations to the local government minister at the Local Government Association’s finance conference, where it was made clear that the Department for Communities and Local Government were still actively encouraging representations to be made in support of the fund, despite the Treasury having reportedly ruled out any reversal of the decision.”

Lancashire residents are invited to support the Labour group’s petition online at www.lancashirelabour.net/petition.