Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Benefit Cap Simply Isn't Working

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

This Benefit Cap Simply Isn't Working

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THE Government's cap on benefits is at the heart of its welfare reforms. The aim is to ensure that households on benefits are not better off than the average working family, but there are plainly difficulties ahead to judge from one area -- Haringey -- where it has been piloted. A study of the scheme by the Chartered Institute of Housing suggests that at least some of the savings from it are cancelled by the extra expenditure it involves for local councils. Haringey made discretionary payments to nearly half of claimants: the Government gave the council [pounds sterling]1.8 million for this in the first year of the scheme. Just 10 per cent of 747 households affected appear to have found jobs -- a fairly normal outcome for such claimants.

This is a partial study. But sticking points in Haringey are likely to be replicated elsewhere. One is that many of the individuals affected by the cap are unable to make up for the cuts in benefits by finding work: many are single mothers who do not have ready access to childcare. …

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