Cap protests target politicians

Protest group UK Uncut claimed hundreds of people attended demonstrations over the "bedroom tax" and benefits cap at Lord Freud’s home and 20 disabled activists are staging a protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s country home in Buckinghamshire.

Benefits cap protests outside Lord Freud's home

Around 200 people have gathered outside the home of Baron David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, to protest against the so-called bedroom tax and benefits cap.

Protests took place outside what is believed to be Lord Freud's home.
Protests took place outside what is believed to be Lord Freud's home. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

People played drums and wrote out postcards to send to Lord Freud as they sat outside his home in Highgate, North London, estimated to be worth £1.9 million.

Protesters sit outside the property in Highgate, North London.
Protesters sit outside the property in Highgate, North London. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Protesters sat in the street on beds and duvets and some held up signs that read, "Who wants to evict a millionaire?"

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Benefit protesters target politicians' homes

Protest group UK Uncut claimed that hundreds of people attended demonstrations over the bedroom tax and benefits cap at Lord Freud’s home and 20 disabled activists are staging a protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s country home in Buckinghamshire.

A UK Uncut removal van outside Lord Freuds home
A UK Uncut removal van outside Lord Freuds home Credit: ITV News/ Tom Barton

The disabled activists, from Disabled People Against the Cuts, have presented Iain Duncan Smith with an eviction notice at his home, while at Lord Freud’s house children were read a Freudian bedtime story, a removal van unloaded sofas and an eviction notice was served.

UK Uncut take the tube in London protests

Hundreds of anti-cuts activists will launch a fresh campaign of civil disobedience today in protest at the Government's controversial welfare changes.

UK Uncut protesters on Northern Line platform at Kings Cross.
UK Uncut protesters on Northern Line platform at Kings Cross. Credit: ITV News/ Tom Barton

Direct action group UK Uncut said it will hold events in central London, Birmingham, Manchester and Chelmsford to bring the impact of the cuts home to "millionaire misery-makers".

The protests hope to highlight the 'bedroom tax', with protesters expected to take beds with them during the demonstrations.

The cap on benefits, being rolled out from this month, will also be attacked.

Read: '40,000 affected' by benefit cap

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Benefit cap misrepresentation claims 'unfounded'

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said it had followed the correct procedures in publishing government statistics over the benefit cap, after a research institute accused Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith of misrepresenting information.

The original forecasts were based on impact assessments last year and have now been updated due to further developments.

We have followed the correct procedures for publishing this data by our statisticians and it is available for anyone to study. Claims to the contrary are utterly unfounded.

– Department for Work and Pensions spokesman

Read more: IDS 'misrepresenting benefit cap statistics'

Duncan Smith 'misrepresenting benefit cap statistics'

The Work and Pensions Secretary was today accused of misrepresenting government statistics in order to claim his cap on benefits was driving people to find work.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

The Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) released figures yesterday showing the number of people expected to be hit by the cap had fallen from 56,000 to 40,000. Iain Duncan Smith hailed the figures, saying the cap had provided a "strong incentive" for people to look for jobs.

However, Jonathan Portes, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a former chief economist at the DWP, said "there was no evidence at all" that the cap had affected people's behaviour.

Mr Portes told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "It may be that the benefit cap has indeed had the effect that Iain Duncan Smith would like it to have.

"That is perfectly possible but without doing the analysis - and it has not been done - you simply cannot say that and you shouldn't say it.

"This is, I am afraid, a consistent pattern of trying to draw out of the statistics things which they simply don't show."

Read more: What is the benefit cap?

Benefit cap fears: 'I don't know what they want me to do'

Figures out today reveal that 40,000 people in Scotland, England and Wales will be affected by the new benefit cap.

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has spoken to Candice O'Halloran who fears that the money she will lose through the benefits cap will see her living back on the streets.

Candice said she has been looking for a job for years but has failed to find work, despite being happy to take anything, "I will clean toilets, I'll work behind a bar, I don't care."

She said: "I don't know what they want me to do."

Read more: What is the benefit cap?

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