Our report reveals that money given to local authorities to replace the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Social Fund has almost been halved compared to equivalent spending since 2010. It also shows that almost two-thirds of local authorities are no longer providing interest-free emergency loans through their replacement schemes. We fear this could drive vulnerable families deeper into debt, as they are forced to turn to loan sharks and high cost money lenders.

Month of publication 
July
Year of publication 
2013
Number of pages 
32
Author 
Dr Sam Royston and Laura Rodrigues
Category 
Policy and lobbying
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