Benefit Cap

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th May 2017.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

The latest Department for Work and Pensions figures for February 2017 show that more than 3,600 households and 11,000 children in Scotland are currently affected by the new cap. Two thirds of those affected are lone parents, and although the average weekly cut is £59, some households are having to cope with losing £200 each week. The fact that that is increasing hardship and difficulty for already vulnerable households and children is unacceptable, and the UK Government should reverse the policy.