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POOR NOT WELL ENOUGH OFF FOR STATE LOANS

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The government has turned down nearly a quarter of a million applications for emergency social security loans in th...
The government has turned down nearly a quarter of a million applications for emergency social security loans in the last three years because the applicants were deemed too poor to repay them.

The Daily Telegraph (p10) reports that the Benefits Agency released the figures to Labour MP Alan Milburn.

The figures follow disclosures last year that more than a million social fund loan applications were turned down in 1993-94 because local social security offices had run out of money.
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