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Welfare reform will force 9,000 to move

Issue No. 2257

The Tory welfare reform bill will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

It had its third reading in parliament last week.

It would mean parents of disabled children will lose £1,400 a year in tax credits as they are halved from £54 a week to £27. Some 100,000 people will be affected.

The Tories say the money saved will be used to support children with severe disabilities—continuing the myth of the deserving and undeserving poor and disabled.

Charities estimate that 450,000 disabled tenants in social housing will see vital benefits slashed.

The Child Poverty Action Group says that the housing cap and the restriction set on the size of family homes, regardless of family size, will force 9,000 households to move, affecting some 20,000 children.

Some 7,000 cancer patients will be forced back to work early as their £94 a week will be cut after a year.

Women’s Aid warns that women suffering domestic violence will find it harder to escape.

The government is shifting responsibility for providing financial support to women seeking relocation to councils—while cutting their funds.

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Tue 21 Jun 2011, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2257
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