Impact of benefits cap on children

The Children’s Society has released new analysis which shows that the government’s proposed cap on benefits will cut support for more than 200,000 children. The Department of Work and Pensions’ proposed scheme aims to promote fairness and get adults back into work by limiting benefits for out-of-work households to £500 per week for couples and families with children.

The Children’s Society’s analysis says that the cap will impact around 50,000 households, 95 per cent of which are estimated to have children. These families will lose an average of £93 a week – the equivalent to around double the average weekly family food bill. These 50,000 households contain around 69,000 adults and 206,000 children – meaning that three quarters of those affected are children.


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