New government figures reveal the impact of the lower benefit cap, and show that families with very young children are more likely to be affected, as Lizzie Flew of the Child Poverty Action Group reports ‘Fairness’ was the word Lord Freud used to justify the lowering of the benefit cap. But there is no fairness to be found in a policy that ignores assessed need, mostly affects people who can’t work to increase their income, and hits households with children in 93 per cent of cases. Here’s what you need to know about the benefit cap: The cap breaks the link between what you need and what you get. People are assessed for social security support according to need, but if that help goes above the – arbitrary – level of the benefit cap, it is restricted. In other words, the needier you are, the more likely you’ll be hit … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Lizzie Flew is senior communications and campaigns officer at Child Poverty Action Group