Archive: Benefit Cap

The cost of housing is often the cause of higher benefit claims

Comment: People need affordable housing not a cap on benefits

Benefit cap is failing to tackle the cause of high benefits

Opinion Former Articles

  • CIOT: Tax experts surprised over few changes to proposed reliefs cap

    Tax experts are surprised that the Government is pressing ahead with its proposed cap on income tax reliefs, subject only to a few technical changes. During the recent consultation representative bodies warned the Government that the proposals, as framed, were anti-business and would hit some with modest net incomes, leading to them being taxed on more income than they actually receive.

  • "Welfare reforms will penalise the vulnerable and divide society" warns Unite

    Britain’s largest union, Unite, today (Wednesday, 1 February) urged MPs to oppose the Welfare Reform Bill, warning that it will hit low paid working people, push over 200,000 thousand children into poverty and leave some families with as little as 62p per person per day to live on.

  • CPAG: Surviving welfare reform

    Manchester: Thursday 5 September 2013: Due to demand, and to ensure accessibility to as many people as possible, we are now hosting our Welfare Rights Conference in both the North and South of the country. We hope that this will give more people the opportunity to attend, keeping travel and accommodation costs to a minimum.

  • CPAG: Introduction to welfare rights

    This week-long course is aimed at advisers, social workers, probation workers, health and housing workers and others new to welfare benefit advice work. This course is designed to give participants an understanding of the structure of the benefit and tax credit system, ability to identify the issues that may affect entitlement and an appreciation of the importance of advice and advocacy. The emphasis is on tackling benefit questions through case studies, including how to calculate entitlements, and providing participants with the chance to practise using CPAG’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook.

  • Haringey, one of the four boroughs where the benefits cap is being rolled out

    London boroughs first in line for benefit cap

    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.

  • A map showing how different areas of London will be affected by housing benefit changes

    Podcast: The benefit cap bites

    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…

  • David Cameron's speech addresses further cuts in the welfare budget

    David Cameron's welfare crackdown speech in full

    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:

  • Benefit cap resistance likely to be dampened through nine-month grace period

    Welfare reform: Don't expect much fight from the Lords

    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.

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