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Budget 2015: scandalous plan to cut welfare benefits

As expected, the budget 2015 has a plan to cut £12bn from the welfare bill - a move that will affect the lives of millions of people, particularly those from the ethnic minorities as they have bigger families and lower than average incomes.

The plan  includes imposing a four-year freeze in working-age benefits, tax credits limited to the first two children, housing benefit withdrawn from those age between 18 and 21 as well as tax credits and universal credit targeted at people on lower wages by reducing the level at which they are withdrawn.

Under the current system, low-income families receive extra payments (tax credits) for each child living at home.

Out of 4.6 million households in the UK claiming tax credits, most have children - 5 million children in working families receiving tax credits. The Resolution Foundation study of 2012 found that there was a clear inverse link between spending on tax credits and child poverty rates.

For example, London has some of the highest levels of poverty in England, particularly child poverty where 4-10 children live in poverty which is 12% above the national average.

In Bradford West, 64 per cent of households receive child or working family tax credits and 55 per cent in Birmingham Hodge Hill. In both, the proportion of non-white residents is over 62 per cent.

Recent government data show that while tax credits constitute 2 per cent of weekly household income for white households, it is 6 per cent for black households and 10 per cent for households of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.

Similarly scrapping of the maintenance grant for students from worst-off families going to university and replacing it by a loan, has more serious implications for the students from some ethnic minority backgrounds.

Another area of further concern that has different implications for different groups of people, is the benefits cap - the maximum amount a household can receive in benefits – which will be reduced. For those living outside of London it will drop to £20,000. For those living in London, where housing costs are higher, the cap will be £23,000. 8/7/15

   

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Sharp increase in homelessness
Met racism inquiry

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Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
'Don't play politics with the economy'
Broken Society'
HPCCG plight
Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the vulnerable most

Community lettings
Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
Immigrants to create extra households?
Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable
'Big Society'

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