This document reports on the final stages in the House of Commons of the amendments to the welfare benefit up-rating bill. We urge the government to reconsider this Bill and make sure that increases in benefit rates at the very least reflect rises in cost of living.

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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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