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Poor families suffer most from reforms, says report.

ALMOST 1.75 million of the poorest families in the UK have been made poorer by a "perfect storm" of welfare reform in the last three years, a new Oxfam report claims.

Families have been hit by changes like fewer council tax exemptions and the "bedroom tax", says Multiple Cuts For The Poorest Families.

The report, produced with the New Policy Institute (NPI), says the worsthit 200,000 families lose PS864 a year.

On Saturday it was revealed doctors have diagnosed hundreds of cases of malnutrition in Wales in recent years, while growing numbers are said to be turning to food banks.

But the Department of Work and Pensions said it wants a system fair to taxpayers and claimants. A spokesperson said: "Our reforms are specifi-cally designed to improve the lives of the poorest in our society - with three million families better off as a result of Universal Credit."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 22, 2014
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