Despite government claims it is an 'incentive to work', the benefit cap will actually make the problems poverty and inequality - especially for children - much worse.
Households in four London boroughs are the first to face the coalition's cap on monthly benefit payments, ahead of a broader national rollout later this year.
Are those on benefits being treated unfairly by the coalition? Ministers are preventing them from receiving more than £26k a year, leaving many with nowhere to turn. Just like the rest of us, then…
The coalition's benefit cap is pushing families in the capital into poverty, a London borough mayor has warned.
The threat of government plans to cap benefits at £26,000 a year has pushed 1,700 people into work, figures show.
Conservative leader David Cameron's speech in Dartford on the need for more welfare cuts, and where he hopes to make them, is being viewed as a key moment in the development of the coalition. Here's the text in full:
Reading this blogpost is going to be a painful experience for opponents of the government's welfare reforms - especially those that read my observations on the theoretical possibilities about resistance in the Lords last week.
The coalition is pushing its welfare reform bill through parliament despite a storm of opposition from angry claimants.
Ministers are using parliamentary rules to prevent the Lords causing further setbacks to the coalition's welfare reforms.