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).
What connects a recent news item concerning the Department of Work and Pensions with the English Lake District? Perhaps all that needs to be said is that the four Uldale Fells in the north of the region are Great Sca Fell, Longlands Fell, Meal Fell and Great Cockup Fell. The last of these is a significant Fell with an elevation of over 1,700 ft.