‘Cruel and catastrophic’ DWP benefit cap will cut peoples’ benefits by £65 a week

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) said it’s time for the benefits cap to be scrapped so that more families aren’t pushed into poverty.

Chief executive Alison Garnham said: “The benefit cap is cruel and irrational at the best of times – many parents subject to it can’t escape it by working more because they are caring for very young children and housing costs are completely out of their control.

“But in the current crisis, its effects will be truly catastrophic for hundreds of thousands of children, pushing many into deep poverty.

“It is early days for the new Government and scrapping the cap would send a clear signal to families that the PM is on their side – there can be no doubt that leaving it in place will damage the lives of children up and down the country.”

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