Kirsty McKechnie from the Child Poverty Action Group highlights worrying examples of how the benefit cap reduction is hitting people in Scotland
The reduction of the benefit cap from £23,000 to £20,000 per household is currently being rolled out across Scotland.
If someone is entitled to benefits and tax credits in excess of the cap, they will have their housing benefit reduced.
As the person who gathers case evidence for CPAG in Scotland’s Early Warning System (which looks at how welfare reforms impact on families) I can tell you about some of the people who are already being affected by the lower cap.
The DWP announcement regarding the lower cap, stated the intention behind the reduction was to make work pay more than ‘welfare’, at the same time as supporting those who cannot work.
However, in practice, it appears that not everyone who cannot work is exempt from the cap…
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