CPAG: Why benefits uprating is a ‘double lockout bill’

By staff writers
January 8, 2013

The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which the UK government is pushing through the House of Commons today (8 January 2013) is a ‘double lockout bill’ that cuts real support for workers and jobseekers by four per cent, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The claim comes in a new report published by CPAG yesterday. It features contributions from a range of experts, and says that the government’s welfare benefit uprating legislation is based on bogus claims and is a poverty-producing bill that will further exclude the poorest workers, jobseekers, carers and disabled people from the mainstream of society.

the Child Poverty Action Group ( "want a society where all children can enjoy their childhoods and have fair chances in life to reach their full potential. We campaign and lobby to make this a reality, and maximise family incomes through our welfare rights work, publications and training."

* The full report can be read and downloaded here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat document):

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