The Government plans to cap household benefit entitlement for out of work households so that the amount received in benefits cannot exceed average weekly wages for working households. However, children will be adversely affected by this household cap. This supports The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds amendments, which seeks to reduce the impact of the cap on children.

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Ellen Broome, Sam Royston,
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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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