266 homes are hit by benefit cap in Bradford

New figures reveal that 266 households in Bradford had their benefits capped by November, with the authority being the second most-affected by welfare reforms in Yorkshire.

The figures, by the Department for Work and Pensions, show 1,658 households in the county had benefits limited as part of the Government’s plan to ensure households cannot claim more in benefits than the average family earns.

The benefit cap limits welfare handouts to £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households, and £350 a week for households of a single adult with no children.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said: “It is not right that some families on benefits were receiving amounts of money that hardworking taxpayers could only dream of and our welfare reforms are working to fix the system.”

He said it increased incentives to move into work.

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7:55am Fri 10 Jan 14

thatsnotmyname says...

My heart bleeds. 500 a week, tax free? To get this they either have far to many children or the housing benefit they receive is way above what it should be.
My heart bleeds. 500 a week, tax free? To get this they either have far to many children or the housing benefit they receive is way above what it should be. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 15

10:05am Fri 10 Jan 14

Apollo says...

£500 per week is the equivalent to earning of £30k if tax were being paid for it (as opposed to tax payers paying it).

The actual limit should be far lower to encourage these families to work for it.
£500 per week is the equivalent to earning of £30k if tax were being paid for it (as opposed to tax payers paying it). The actual limit should be far lower to encourage these families to work for it. Apollo
  • Score: 12

11:40am Fri 10 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

It would be interesting to know how much some were actually getting.
It would be interesting to know how much some were actually getting. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Fri 10 Jan 14

linebacker2 says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
It would be interesting to know how much some were actually getting.
And what it equates to in terms of pre-tax/NI pay....
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: It would be interesting to know how much some were actually getting.[/p][/quote]And what it equates to in terms of pre-tax/NI pay.... linebacker2
  • Score: 9

12:35pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Interestingly, Ian Duncan smith is saying that 19,000 people affected by these cuts (out of 33,000 total affected) have now found a job!!!

It just shows that there was absolutely no incentive to work when out benefits system was so over generous!
Interestingly, Ian Duncan smith is saying that 19,000 people affected by these cuts (out of 33,000 total affected) have now found a job!!! It just shows that there was absolutely no incentive to work when out benefits system was so over generous! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 11

2:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

allannicho says...

Little wonder all foreigners are beating a path to dear old Blighty,
thanks to the Muppets that rule us?
Little wonder all foreigners are beating a path to dear old Blighty, thanks to the Muppets that rule us? allannicho
  • Score: 7

6:52pm Fri 10 Jan 14

eccythump says...

Apollo wrote:
£500 per week is the equivalent to earning of £30k if tax were being paid for it (as opposed to tax payers paying it).

The actual limit should be far lower to encourage these families to work for it.
..Or pehaps more importantly, to discourage them in 'breeding for benefits'.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: £500 per week is the equivalent to earning of £30k if tax were being paid for it (as opposed to tax payers paying it). The actual limit should be far lower to encourage these families to work for it.[/p][/quote]..Or pehaps more importantly, to discourage them in 'breeding for benefits'. eccythump
  • Score: 6

6:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

eccythump says...

Now the government (in its wisdom) has said Muslim men are allowed 4 wives, this will provide them with a convenient loophole. They will simply seperate the wives and their kids into seperate 'households'.
Now the government (in its wisdom) has said Muslim men are allowed 4 wives, this will provide them with a convenient loophole. They will simply seperate the wives and their kids into seperate 'households'. eccythump
  • Score: 6

1:29pm Sat 11 Jan 14

BertSanders says...

Recipients are the entreprenuers of the day - enterprising and unbelievable.
better than business in the current climate - and tax free regular payments
which are still good after the legal changes.
Recipients are the entreprenuers of the day - enterprising and unbelievable. better than business in the current climate - and tax free regular payments which are still good after the legal changes. BertSanders
  • Score: 3

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