Large parts of England are about to become off-limits for tens of thousands of poorer families because of the planned cut in the annual benefit cap, David Cameron is being warned by housing experts.
In the same way that Bentleys and yachts are ‘off limits’ to me, I suppose?
Ministers argue that the policy – described as a “matter of fairness” by the Chancellor, George Osborne, and the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith – encourages the jobless to look for work.
But the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) said larger families would be priced out of their current homes as they would not be left with enough money to cover their rent.
And whose fault is that? I can’t afford to live in certain areas of the UK because they are too expensive. And I work for a living!
Single parents with three children would still find average housing-association rents beyond them in London and most of the South-east, according to the CIH’s UK Housing Review briefing.
Good! That’s what’s supposed to happen!
Gavin Smart, the institute’s deputy chief executive, said: “People affected by the current cap already face significant barriers to finding work, including a lack of job-seeking skills and affordable childcare.
“Our Housing Review briefing shows that lowering the cap would make huge swathes of the country unaffordable for larger families on benefits.”
Fabulous news! This is the system working as intended – providing disincentives to a life spent suckling at the taxpayer teat.
Writing in The Sunday Times, Mr Osborne and Mr Duncan Smith said the £26,000 cap brought a family’s total benefit entitlement in line with the average income of a working household.
Just so. It’s not ‘fair’ that you can’t live in London on someone else’s money? Hurrah!