This is an analysis of the effect that Welfare Benefit Up-Rating Bill will have on children and families in the UK based on the Government's Impact.

Month of publication 
January
Year of publication 
2013
Number of pages 
4
Author 
n/a
Category 
Research
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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.

Date published 
July 2013
Number of pages 
32