The government's plan to cap household benefits will have a disproportionate effect on children. Analysis from The Children’s Society reveals that children are negatively impacted by the amendments proposed by the government to clause 94 of the Welfare Reform Bill. This briefing supports amendment 59 and 60, which seek to remove child benefit from the benefit cap and to introduce a 'grace period' of exemption from the benefit cap for those affected.

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Ellen Broome, Sam Royston,
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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.

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July 2013
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