Local Assistance Network Consultation

Closed 3 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018

Feedback expected 31 Dec 2018


The Local Assistance Network (LAN) was established in 2013 to replace a number of discretionary benefits for households in crisis situations which had previously been available through the benefits system.  A ring fenced grant to support this spending was originally provided by Department of Work and Pensions but this was removed in 2015.  The LAN budget is currently £800,000 per annum.

The Cabinet Member agreed to consider the further reduction of Local Assistance Network (LAN) funding to £200,000 per annum from April 2019.  The decision has opened a period of engagement to gather evidence to inform this decision in the context of an impact assessment.

The County Council welcomes views on the best way of continuing to provide discretionary welfare assistance to households in crisis situations and the form this should take if there is to be a further reduction to the resources which may be available.   

Why We Are Consulting

The County Council welcomes views to assist the preparation of an impact assessment that will inform difficult decisions in connection with the prioritisation of limited resources.

We regret that we are unable to respond to individual comments but all views will be carefully considered before any decision is made.

How to have your say

You can have your say by completing the survey below, or by emailing your comments to us at Local.assistance.network@westsussex.gov.uk or by writing to us at the following address:

Have Your Say -Local Assistance Network
West Sussex County Council
PO19 1RQ

If you require this survey in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 777100, email us at Local.assistance.network@westsussex.gov.uk  or via NGT Text Relay 18001 01243 777100.

A pdf version of the survey along with an Easy Read pdf version are provided below.  Either of these versions can be downloaded and printed to provide a paper copy of the survey.  Completed versions of the paper copy can then be scanned and emailed back to Local.assistance.network@westsussex.gov.uk, or can be sent back via the Freepost address provided:

Have Your Say -Local Assistance Network
West Sussex County Council
PO19 1RQ

Please note: The meeting of the council’s Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny committee (HASC) will now be taking place on 12 December to ensure the committee can consider all views following the end of the consultation period which closes on 3 December. A previous notice to submit views to HASC by 9 November is now no longer required. 



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