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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Latest figures demonstrate 'fundamental unfairness' of benefit cap says CIH

02/08/2018


Responding to figures released today from the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of households affected by the benefit cap to May 2018, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “There has been a huge increase in the number of people affected by the benefit cap since it was lowered in 2016.

"Today’s figures demonstrate just how fundamentally unfair the cap is – it is disproportionately punishing people who will find it most difficult to escape by finding work. Seven out of 10 households who had their housing benefit capped are single-parent families, and more than three quarters of those have a child under five. Another 15 per cent are receiving employment and support allowance, meaning that they are not currently fit for work.

“With more than 40 per cent of the households affected losing more than £50 a week, thousands of families are facing a daily struggle – some even going without food or heating so they can pay for their housing, or falling behind with their rent and being put at risk of homelessness. Unless the government is prepared to think again and either raise the cap or remove it entirely, the consequences could be severe.”


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