We urge the government to reconsider this up-rating bill and make sure that increases in benefit rates at the very least reflect rises in cost of living. The government should take action to reduce the impact that the Bill will have on the 200,000 children that will be pushed into poverty.

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Nowhere to turn

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.

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