BOW, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: A woman looks out from a residential development in the London borough of Tower Hamlets on February 21, 2013 in London, England. A recent study has shown that 42 per cent of children in Tower Hamlets live in poverty, making it the worst area of the UK for child poverty. The research was carried out by the 'Campaign to End Child Poverty' who have produced a map describing levels of child poverty across the UK. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The number of people requesting charitable grants to pay for household appliances and other basic needs has surged since the g overnment abolished its emergency grants scheme in 2013 , The Independent can reveal.
New figures show requests to one of the UK’s leading poverty charities – from people needing help to afford basic items such as fridges and washing machines – has soared by 244 per cent since community care grants (CCG) were axed by the coalition government. Charity Turn2us, which helps people in financial hardship to access charitable grants and support services, received 55,601 enquiries last year, compared with 16,018 before the state aid was slashed in 2013. More than 700 enquiries have been made to the charity in the first five days of this year alone.
Other smaller charities supporting households in financial need also saw heightened demand after CCGs were scrapped. Figures from End Furniture Poverty, a charity in Liverpool which provides furniture for families in need, show demand …