We urge the Government to reconsider their plans to cap up-rating on key benefits and tax credits at 1% for the next three years and make sure that increases in benefit rates at the very least reflect rises in cost of living, otherwise this measure will only deepen inequality and increase 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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