Poorest hit by welfare reforms

Almost 1.75 million of the poorest families in the UK have been made poorer by a "perfect storm" of changes to the welfare system over the last three years, a new Oxfam report claims.

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Welfare cuts drive UK's poorest families deeper into poverty, says Oxfam

Survey points to effect of overall cut in value of benefits as well as changes to housing benefit and council tax support The coalition's welfare cuts have pushed 1.75 million of the UK's poorest households deeper into poverty, leaving more families struggling to cover food and energy bills, according to a report. The report by Oxfam and the New Policy Institute highlights a drop in the overall …

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The crisis in local welfare assistance explained

A hardship fund designed to protect the poorest was devolved to councils last April. Since then, spending and the number of people being helped have gone down. What has happened? DATA: Get the full spreadsheet Local welfare assistance is the social safety net for Britains poorest and most vulnerable citizens, intended to provide them with vital support when they face a short-term emergency or …

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Welfare reforms cut food budgets to as low as £20 a week – survey

Poor households cutting food costs to cope with rising fuel bills, shrinking incomes and government changes, like bedroom tax Low-income households spend an average of £2.10 per person per day on groceries, having cut their daily food budget drastically since the summer, according to the latest instalment of a survey on the impact of welfare reform. The detailed survey of more than 87 families …

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Gardaí to join battle against social welfare fraud

A crackdown on social welfare fraud involving gardaí for the first time will begin this summer and will see members of the force scan airports, ports, and other areas for those abusing the dole system.

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