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An investigation is underway into the impact of the government's welfare reforms in Cumbria. The Bishop of Carlisle is chairing a commission looking into the issue. It's been taking evidence from a charity that helps homeless people in Kendal. Tim Backshall reports
The Bishop of Carlisle is visiting the homeless charity, Manna House, in Kendal to hear evidence about how the government's welfare reforms are affecting some of the most vulnerable in society.
He's leading a commission looking into the issue around Cumbria.
Over the next few weeks it will visit a number of charities, community groups and individuals.
A number of the people who go to Manna House for help and advice have told ITV Border that the government's welfare changes are affecting them badly.
The Commission has been established at the request of the Cumbria Leaders Board. Evidence from charities, community organisations and individuals will be collected over the coming months.
Bishop James, who is the Church of England's lead bishop on healthcare, said:
As part of the Commission's schedule four special hearings are to take place across Cumbria to enable people to give evidence.