The Minimum Income Standard found that:
basic out-of-work benefits provide well under half of the minimum income (net of rent and council tax) required for an adult with no children, and somewhat less than two-thirds for families with children.
If the government goes ahead with this, the number of children in poverty – already due to rise 200,000 by the time of the next election – will rise even further. I hope the government will decide that forcing children into poverty is as politically risky as doing the same to pensioners.
If anyone doubts what this could mean, it’s worth looking at this story from yesterday’s Coventry Telegraph: an ex-serviceman and his wife, who have committed suicide after being denied benefits.
Whatever the level of benefits is or should be has no effect on someone denied benefits.