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UK’s new £500m winter hardship fund branded as ‘sticking plaster’

Charities and Labour call grants for struggling families an ‘11th-hour bid to save face’ as furlough and benefit cuts loom

Charities and the Labour party have criticised the government’s planned £500m winter hardship fund as a “temporary sticking plaster” that will help struggling households recover from next week’s £20-a-week cut to universal credit.

Ministers have said they will launch a £500m fund for councils to support poorer families through the winter amid an energy supply crisis and the withdrawal of other forms of financial assistance.

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