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TOPIC: It’s official: some DWP benefits are worth less than in the 1970s

It’s official: some DWP benefits are worth less than in the 1970s 13 Oct 2018 21:47 #10536

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The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) benefit cuts have left some welfare payments worth less than they were in the 1970s. But more staggering is that, compared to average incomes, some are at 70-year lows.
The DWP: freezing all over

In April 2016, the government brought in the benefits freeze. This means the DWP will not increase the amount paid for some working age benefits until April 2020. It followed a cap on increases at 1% from April 2013. The benefits affected are:

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
Child Benefit.
Housing Benefit.
Tax credits.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group.
Universal Credit (not disability elements).

The government said the freeze would save it £3.9bn a year. But now, a think tank has crunched the numbers. And it’s revealed the staggering impact the freeze has had on the value of benefits.

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/10/13/its-official-some-dwp-benefits-are-worth-less-than-in-the-1970s/
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It’s official: some DWP benefits are worth less than in the 1970s 14 Oct 2018 09:29 #10541

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Claimants have effectively had to live within a frozen rate of money while inflation soars. So as the utility bills rise, we feel even more vulnerable. And according to the benefit freeze, this won`t change until 2020 unless this government fall off a cliff.
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It’s official: some DWP benefits are worth less than in the 1970s 14 Oct 2018 10:53 #10543

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Things are likely to change for the worse. Details of the report that was obviously recently leaked are now available:

"Researchers found that 600,000 working single parents receiving the current tax credits system will be worse off, losing £16 a week on average. About 750,000 households on disability benefits will be worse off. Their average loss is £76 a week.

The self-employed lose out under rules in universal credit that assume a minimum income from self-employment, usually £1,187 a month. It means that 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off.

Families with more than two children suffer as a result of changes to the law that limits state support to two children. Under the tax credits system, payments are made for more than two children if they were born before 6 April 2017. As a result, 300,000 families will be worse off, losing an average of £40 a week each."

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/14/universal-credit-hits-vulnerable-hardest
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