Tory benefit cap forcing women to consider terminating pregnancies : Welfare Weekly

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Work and Pensions Committee also says the new lower cap is failing in its objective to encourage people into work.

 

The Government’s controversial cap on benefits is failing to encourage more people into work and forcing pregnant women to consider terminating their pregnancy, according to evidence published by the Work and Pensions Committee.

The cross-party group of MPs has published evidence received from charities, local authorities, and others, detailing how the lower cap is impacting on affected households.

The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefit and tax credit income that an out-of-work household can receive, subject to certain exemptions, and was reduced from £26,000 a year to £20,000 a year outside London and £23,000 within London.

This new, lower cap was rolled out nationally over a twelve week period starting on 7 November last year. Implementation was completed by mid-January.

Curtailed by Theresa May’s unexpected announcement of…

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