The new round of government welfare reforms which started in November will freeze most working age social security benefits, lower the existing benefit caps and remove some disability benefits. Here’s a quick guide to what’s happening and who will be affected.
The lowered benefit cap
The maximum total of benefits for a family with children has been reduced from £23,000 to £20,000 (£13,400 for single claimants without children).
I mean, what have you got to lose
You know, you come from nothing, you’re going back to nothing
What have you lost? Nothing!
Part of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
Citizens Advice is concerned that an increasing number of people who have very little are being left with nothing through no fault of their own.
Miss Piggy once said “Never eat more than you can lift. ”
Regrettably this is not a problem that many people on low incomes face today. In April, the UK’s leading foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust, said they had seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food since the charity began in 2000.