Benefits - sorting fact from fiction

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 00:33 -- nick

The Guardian has published an article on the true story of benefits behind the smokescreen sometimes created.

What proportion of benefits are claimed fraudulently? Are there many families with generations that have never worked? What percentage of benefit spending goes on unemployment? How many will be affected by the government's new £26,000 family benefits cap? How many benefit-claiming families have 11 or more children?

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns benefit cuts

Sun, 10/03/2013 - 19:26 -- nick

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned benefit cuts.

Backing a letter from UK bishops which criticised the government's decision to increase working-age benefits by only 1% - a real-terms cut at a time when inflation is at 2.7% - he said that society had a duty to protect the "vulnerable and in need".

The bishops claimed that 200,000 more children would be pushed into poverty by the changes, and many will be the children of unemployed people.

Universal credit: Fortnightly benefits to stay for some

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 23:52 -- nick

Some benefit claimants may be allowed to remain on fortnightly payments when a new benefit system is launched next year, ministers have said.

Under the new Universal Credit, all claimants are meant to receive monthly payments to help simplify the system.

But anti-poverty groups fear the move could harm the most vulnerable.

Ministers acknowledged some claimants may find it "difficult to cope" and could be allowed to keep fortnightly payments for an "interim" period.


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