Government slammed as illegal Tory benefit cap punishes single mums the most : Daily Record.

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.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley says government must lift the cap

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley says government must lift the cap (Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

 

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.

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3 Comments

  1. He’s right. How can it be legal to impose the cap which lowers the income of people with children under the age of 5, who are not required to look for work anyway?

    This is social engineering of the worst kind. How can they impose a restriction of 2 children for the poor, whilst breeding like rabbits themselves. Look at Jacob Rees-Mogg for instance, he has just had his 6th child. Fair enough, some might say, he’s a multi-millionaire who can afford it, but MP’s are entitled to claim an allowance on their expenses for their children. Is he restricted to only claiming for 2. I think not.

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