31 July 2013
According to the government, the benefit cap will ensure that families claiming out of work benefits receive no more in support that the average working household
01 April 2013
Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are: bedroom tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m; council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m; local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m; benefit cap introduced - £290m; tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m;
working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m.
23 January 2012
On the day that members of the House of Lords vote on key amendments on the proposals for a household benefits cap, Child Poverty Action Group are exposing the myths on which the policy is based. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said: "The household benefit cap policy is built on a foundation of myths...
David Simmons sets out a critical analysis of the proposal to introduce a ‘benefit cap’ from April 2013.
Issue 219 (December 2010)
Angela Toal examines the changes to welfare benefits and tax credits announced in the Government’s Spending Review in October 2010.