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Society & Welfare

Are children being affected by the benefit cap?

06 Feb 2014, by in Society & Welfare

Reading DWP’s press release on their latest benefit cap statistics, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is not a policy which is hitting family incomes. The statement informs readers that: over 1,200 single people without children were capped. Given that the vast majority of people whose housing benefit and tax credit entitlements subject…

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Who’s paying the price for austerity?

18 Dec 2013, by in Society & Welfare

After six years of post-crash belt-tightening, most families will tell you they’ve felt the impact of austerity. Food, energy and clothing costs are rising while wages are stagnant and both in and out of work benefits cut or frozen below inflation. The Chancellor says his economic plan is working, but it’s a sentiment that won’t…

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Universal Credit: smaller than you may have thought

05 Dec 2013, by in Society & Welfare

The government has pushed back the timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit even more than I had realised. This morning I posted about Iain Duncan Smith’s announcement of this delay, which looked pretty shambolic, but didn’t actually give any numbers. Today’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook  from the Office for Budget Responsibility fills that gap…

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