Benefit cut to affect thousands of children
November 7, 2016 2 comments
Thousands of children will be affected by a new benefit cap, a new report has warned.
The government has reduced the maximum amount of benefits a single household can claim. The limit was previously £26,000 per year but starting today this has been lowered to £23,000 in London and £20,000 everywhere else.
A newly published analysis by professional organisation the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) suggests that as many as 116,000 households with between one and four children will be affected by this reduction throughout the country. The CIH estimated that almost 9,000 of those families live in London. Additionally, in areas such as the north-east, Scotland, and the east Midlands the number of families whose benefits will be capped will increase by ten times.
This increase will therefore affect 319,000 children across the UK, according to CIH estimates.
CIH Scotland Executive Director Annie Mauger called the results of their research “extremely worrying” as “the reduction in total benefits is going to hit some of the most vulnerable families of all sizes”.
Matthew Reed is the chief executive of the Children’s Society. He said that while efforts to make work pay should be supported, “it is not right to achieve this by putting more children on the breadline”.
Speaking last week, Reed urged the government “to exclude children’s benefits from the cap so that children and their already struggling families do not suffer even more hardship”.
Meanwhile, a spokesman from the Department for Work and Pensions insisted that work was the “best route out of poverty” and that the reduced cap was “a clear incentive to move into a job, even if it is part time”.
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November 7, 2016
Categories: Family Life