We welcomed the Government’s announcement on the benefit cap grace period, additional hardship funds for local authorities, exempting some Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants from the cap and a lowering of the application fee for child support for single parents. However, these announcements do not go far enough to reduce the impact on all disabled people within the Universal Credit.

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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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