Today’s Bill is bad news for people living in poverty, whether they’re in work or out of work. Clearly, there are difficult decisions to be taken by Government, but Ministers’ opportunistic rhetoric on this issue is disturbing. Allowing today’s Bill to be presented as a choice between the ‘deserving and ‘underserving poor’ is both morally and economically wrong.
As incomes fall and costs rise for people – whether they are in or out of work - we are at risk of entering a decade of destitution.
MPs have voted in favour of a Government measure to cap benefits rises. The Work Secretary says it will save £5bn from the welfare bill.
The Department for Work and Pensions has calculated the savings that the exchequer could expect if the benefit cap passes this evening.