Vow to look at cuts impact

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A COUNCIL committee has launched an investigation to measure the impact of benefit cuts in Barnsley.

Barnsley Council’s Community Wellbeing Scrutiny Commission will examine how people are coping with the current financial difficulties and whether there could be an increase in poverty levels as a result of changes to the government welfare system.

Members made the decision after hearing that the current economic climate could leave some older people and families unable to afford or even stay in their own homes. The commission will finish its investigation on October 10.