Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Welfare Reform and Work Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:34 pm on 20th July 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury 5:34 pm, 20th July 2015

I was interested to hear the Secretary of State talk about the benefits cap and fairness. Is he aware that his right hon. Friend Chris Grayling also talked about fairness and the benefits cap, saying that it was only fair that people’s benefits were capped at the level of the average that someone would expect to earn by working? At that point, the cap was £26,000; now, it seems that average earnings are £23,000 and £20,000. What is the reason for the difference?