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About Citizens Advice
23 January 2012
Gillian Guy, Chief Executive at national charity Citizens Advice said:
“A benefits cap is just one of a number of welfare reforms that will have a disproportionate impact on some of the most vulnerable families, including children, breadwinners who have lost their job, and others forced to give up work because of illness The government is right to try and simplify a benefits system which is far too complex, but unless some safeguards are put in place the combined impact of these sweeping welfare reforms and huge cuts will be catastrophic for a lot of families already stretched to the limit.
“Child benefit - paid to families both in and out of work irrespective of income - should not be included in the calculation of a benefit cap. As the bill stands, the cap will immediately apply to families whose main earner has lost their job through redundancy or ill health and who may then be at risk of losing their home too. We need to see a ‘grace’ period to allow some time for them to find new work, recover from their illness or look for somewhere more affordable to live.”
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