social fund

Losing a child is one of the most painful, life-altering experiences anyone can endure. Surely, if anyone deserves to have an extra financial burden lifted, it is these parents? If we want to live in a society that helps the most vulnerable, that holds out a hand to those who are struggling to go on, how can we ever justify charging parents the cost of burying their child?
Some of the country's poorest families could be forced to turn to loan sharks, following changes to the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Social Fund. That's the worrying conclusion from our report, Nowhere to Turn? Changes to Emergency Support, on local welfare assistance schemes.
I believe that some plans could have huge unintended consequences that will mount even greater pressure on mums and dads who are already struggling to make ends meet.