Benefit cap

Yesterday (10th November) I wrote to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Damian Green MP to oppose the reduction in the benefit cap implemented this week.

500 households in Tottenham have now lost £300 per month. Cutting housing benefit will do nothing to increase the supply of affordable homes, it will just increase homelessness. In Haringey the housing waiting list is already 10 years and homelessness has already doubled since 2010. So not only is this arbitrary cap morally wrong it is fiscally ignorant.

Shame on this Tory government for forcing vulnerable people to choose between rent and heating this winter. I oppose in strongest terms possible.

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