Nearly 3,000 local children could be at risk from benefit cap

Figures obtained by Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP show that the Tory Government’s benefit cap is pushing more local families into poverty with nearly 3,000 local children potentially subject to it.

A hallmark of UK Government social security cuts, the cap limits how much a family can receive to £384.62 a week. Figures published this month reveal that 150,900 children are in out of work households across Scotland, including 2,830 children in over 1,500 households across East Lothian.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“These figures are deeply worrying and demonstrate the potential impact of the Tories’ heartless benefit cap. Holyrood’s new powers over social security allow us the opportunity to build a different type of country – one based on fairness, dignity and respect. 

“Labour would make fairer choices on social security, like scrapping the two-child cap on tax credits, increasing Child Benefit by £5 per week, and using the Scottish Parliament as a platform to eradicate poverty and inequality in our society.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Nearly 3,000 local children could be at risk from the Tory benefit cap – vulnerable families who are facing cuts because of austerity. We already have one in five local children living in poverty and the benefit cap is set to make that worse.

“The cap is immoral and unnecessary, and has a disproportionate impact on families, especially single mothers, struggling to make ends meet and those with children. The Tories have tried to rip up the social security safety net – plunging families across the UK into poverty as a result.”