There are several reasons, which are outlined at this link.
A small proportion of the public is eligible for these types of grants.
They’re a bit more expensive than grants, but the benefits outweigh the costs.
They’re easier to calculate and administer than grants or direct spending and take into account a range of factors such as income, age, residency, and level of education.
One of our most prominent critics of block grants was John Tierney, who was in charge of the Department for Work and Pensions. We still have a fair few questions about some of the funding he introduced, such as his ‘tax holidays’ and ‘super-cuts’ scheme. But his reputation has been established.
Why do I need to go into the detail about the block grants?
It’s important to understand the details of your funding before making major changes to services in a way that you do not support. It takes time to understand how the funding we get works.
We will need to have the detail of our funding before we can begin any process. It makes sure we don’t do things you don’t want to happen or don’t like and that you do as well as possible.
A good primer on these areas is the Government’s consultation note on the Block Grant.
What are some more things?
We’ve also published a long list of more detailed details about how the block grants work. It includes:
How do block grants work?
The block grant is a lump sum from the Treasury. It’s used to fund things in a way that makes sense and takes into account factors such as income, age, residency and level of education.
What is the best way to use a block grant?
The best way to use a block grant is to use it when you need to make major changes to services.
How should I use a block grant?
This link explains how to use a block grant: Why Use a Block Grant for a Change?
Who has been to see the block grant?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a list of the people who have been to see the block grant. The DWP says that:
these people have the final say (though not always by their consent)
some requests to increase payments are not in their ‘duties’
the Department of Work and Pensions is able to tell you whether they think