Oral Answers to Questions — Social Fund

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 April 2001.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) 12:00, 2 April 2001

I welcome my hon. Friend's observations. We believe that micro-credit, local credit unions and local exchange and trading schemes—LETS—all have a valuable role to play in assisting people on low incomes with access to borrowing small amounts. We are considering how all those provisions can interact sensibly with the benefits system.