The Welfare Reform Bill is before parliament at a critical moment for combating child poverty in the UK and many of the reforms contained within the Bill could substantially affect family Our financess and support in times of crisis. The issues we are concerned with are supoprt for disabled children and young carers, the benefit cap and the impact of the reform of DLA on disabled young people.

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Month of publication 
July
Year of publication 
2011
Number of pages 
5
Author 
Ellen Broome
Category 
Parliamentary briefings
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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.

Date published 
July 2013
Number of pages 
32