160606 Benefit Cap reduction

There’s a big change coming for people on benefits – and, as usual with the Conservatives, it isn’t pleasant.

The benefit cap is currently £500 per week for single parents and couples with children and £350 per week for single people.

That will change from autumn 2016, with single people’s benefits dropping by almost £100 and household benefits by more.

It seems the change will be introduced without a Parliamentary vote – and the change has been hastened from spring 2017 to autumn this year.

A sign of economic ill-health in the UK, perhaps?

With all the fuss about the EU referendum, it seemed an opportune moment to remind people of the effects of a Conservative Government within the EU. Think what it will be like if we leave.

Here’s Shelter to explain how the Tories are squeezing the poor even harder:

The government has announced reductions to the benefit cap. These changes will take effect in autumn 2016.

The total amount a household will be able to claim in benefits is:
£442.31 a week in London
£384.62 a week outside London

The total amount a single person will be able to claim in benefits is:
£296.35 a week in London
£257.69 a week outside London

Source: What is the benefit cap? – Shelter England

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