As Freeze on Benefits Looms is Iain Duncan Smith in Need of Behavioural Cognitive Therapy?
A Plea for Help?
Iain Duncan Smith is showing signs of being the worse for wear.
Most of his time these days has been taken up defending Blighty from the foreign threat.
Meanwhile in his part-time job at the DWP we learn that the Brexit campaigner has hatched this: Plans To Freeze Benefits For Four Years ‘Will Hit 7 Million Children’
Government freeze on tax credits and jobseekers’ allowance could cost families 12% of their benefits, says report.
More than 7 million children living in low-income families will be affected by a four-year freeze to their benefits that risks pushing many more into poverty, according to new research.
A report by the Children’s Society, published on Tuesday, says families could lose up to 12% from the real value of their benefits over the next four years as a result of government plans to freeze child tax credits, working tax credits and jobseekers’ allowance from April.
The charity is calling on ministers to reconsider the planned freeze and agree to a moratorium on any further cuts in support for low-income families. It says almost two thirds of those who will be adversely affected live in working households who receive benefits to top up low pay.
The research paper, called The Future of Family Incomes, was published ahead of a debate in parliament on Tuesday about the government’s welfare reform and work bill, which returns to the Commons to consider amendments from the Lords. Charities are also looking anxiously ahead to next month’s budget.
Matthew Reed, Children’s Society chief executive, said: “Families on low incomes are facing a barrage of cuts. If ministers are genuinely concerned about child poverty they must reconsider plans to freeze benefits over the next four years.
Welfare Reform and Work Bill could cause four-year benefits freeze for 130,000 families across Suffolk and North Essex.
Almost 130,000 families in Suffolk and North Essex could face a four-year benefits freeze, new figures reveal.
Research by the Children’s Society warns that from April, a child and working tax credit freeze – which forms part of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill up for debate in the Commons today – will hit 127,000 low-income families across the two areas.
Young parents and families with disabled children claiming Universal Credit for the first time are particularly likely to lose out, the charity’s report finds.
“Families on low incomes across the East of England are facing a barrage of cuts. If ministers are genuinely concerned about child poverty they must reconsider plans to freeze benefits over the next four years,” said the charity’s chief executive Matthew Reed.
This Freeze affects us all.
It means that those on JSA and in low-paid work – that is, our likely employment – will suffer.
This is the kind of British ‘freedom’ Iain Duncan Smith wants to extend: the freedom to make the less well off suffer.