This household benefit cap will have a particularly significant impact on families who would face very high childcare costs on moving into work. This benefit cap would mean that families would face severe poverty both in and out of work and may also mean that families would be substantially better off out of work than in employment.

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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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July 2013
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