Labour call for lift in limit after analysis showed single parent families made up two third of affected Scottish household, and 96 per cent of the single parents were mums.
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Almost two-thirds of Scots hit by the UK Government’s illegal benefit cap are single mums, it has emerged.
A High Court judge last month ruled the cap, which limits the total amount of benefits a family can receive to £20,000, is unlawful and discriminates against single parents with young children.
And now an analysis by Scottish Labour has shown single parent families made up 2397 of the 3642 Scottish households affected by the cap in February this year.
Ninety-six per cent of the single parents were mums.
Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley said the UK Government must lift the cap.
He added: “These figures highlight the huge impact the new, lowered household benefit cap has on lone parents who make up well over half of households affected in Scotland.
“As Labour repeatedly warned, the impact of this and the Tories’ other social security cuts is pushing more children into poverty, punishing them for their parents’ circumstances.”
The UK Government intend to appeal the High Court’s decision and ministers say the cap encourages people back into work.