Major UK Churches are warning that the Government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill marks a dangerous shift away from a core principle of the Welfare State and will make poor people even poorer.
A YouGov survey commissioned by the Churches has also revealed that 61% of UK adults believe that welfare benefits should be set at a level that allows families with children to cover their basic costs. In contrast, only 25% of those polled said they thought that benefits should be set deliberately low to encourage families to find work or get more work.
The Churches' report reveals that the Benefit Cap, which reduces families' benefits by an average of over £3,500 per year, has only resulted in 4.7% of families finding work. However, 46% of families affected by the Cap experienced increasing problems with rent arrears. This is despite the Government's claims that reducing the amount of benefits people are entitled to is an effective way of moving people into work.