Preventing destitution

This is a qualitative piece of research examining how policy and practice at local authority level contributes to and could be used to prevent destitution. Destitution, whereby people are unable to meet basic needs, has both chronic (such as the cost of living) and acute causes (such as a benefit sanction). Similarly, responses can be remedial or palliative. Remedial responses, such as lowering debt repayments, can help people escape destitution. Palliative responses, such as emergency food aid, are unlikely to do so. The report has a range of recommendations for local government to consider, both remedial and palliative, including around debt best practice, local welfare assistance, and service coordination.

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