Tory policies in action: Benefit cap is forcing women to consider terminating pregnancies

Some might say people should not be having babies if they cannot afford to pay for them.

The point here is that, under Tory government, almost nobody can.

Tories have pushed wages down so far that millions of working people are claiming a benefit of some kind.

Are they all expected to become celibate because fat, rich employers are selfish?

The Government’s controversial cap on benefits is failing to encourage more people into work and forcing pregnant women to consider terminating their pregnancy, according to evidence published by the Work and Pensions Committee.

The cross-party group of MPs has published evidence received from charities, local authorities, and others, detailing how the lower cap is impacting on affected households.

The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefit and tax credit income that an out-of-work household can receive, subject to certain exemptions, and was reduced from £26,000 a year to £20,000 a year outside London and £23,000 within London.

Welfare advice service Turn2Us highlighted “worrying trends” reported by their helpline, with women being forced into considering terminating their pregnancy to escape the cap.

The charity said: “The most worrying trend that is emerging is pregnant women asking the call handler to undertake a benefit check to ascertain what they would be entitled to if they continue with the pregnancy, citing that the outcome will help them to decide whether they continue with the pregnancy or terminate it.”

Source: Tory benefit cap forcing women to consider terminating pregnancies

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3 thoughts on “Tory policies in action: Benefit cap is forcing women to consider terminating pregnancies

  1. Dez

    The Cons culling purge is now even attacking those souls who have not even been born yet!! One of the other knock on effects of the Cons lack of any common or business sense is that some large families who have been kicked out for not being able to meet their rent, especially in lucrative metropolitan cities, are dumping their children on the Councils as they cannot cope. Not many brain cells required to work out caring for children is going to work out more expensive and resource intensive than just paying a decent benefit that can actually be lived on. Bravo Cons keep up the nasty work eventually you will get the backlash revolt that you justly deserve.

  2. Rose

    Has the benefit cap and housing benefit limit caused rents on properties occupied by benefit claimants not to go up or even to fall? This was the claim used to justify such things? Benefit claimants would move to cheaper properties in their millions and landlords would stop regularly hiking rents in the knowledge that benefits would pay them.

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