Benefits uprating bill raises serious concerns, says CIH

Published on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 15:26
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has expressed serious concerns about the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which MPs are voting on today.

The bill imposes a one per cent cap on increases in working-age benefits and some tax credits until 2016.

CIH chief executive Grainia Long said: "We have serious concerns about limiting benefit uprating to one per cent per annum.  Inflation on household essentials has been high throughout the recession, further eroding the living standards of those on the lowest incomes – including those in work, the 'strivers' government says it wants to support.  Capping benefit rises at one per cent will hit families who are already struggling to pay for basics like housing, food and fuel, and who are turning to food banks in increasing numbers.

"The government needs to act now to address these concerns.  Last week's news that 1.4 million people are struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage underlines the importance of a simple, robust welfare safety net that helps people with housing costs when they face financial pressure. The cuts that have been implemented and the complexity introduced in the last 18 months create added problems for households struggling to cope."

Source: ©CIH

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