A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

The head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing writes in the Guardian: “A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

“The cap, introduced on 7 November 2016, reduced the total amount any family can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside the capital, leaving families with significant shortfalls between the benefits they get and the cost of their housing.

“In our most recent research we spoke to 18 families with capped benefit across the UK and each time we heard a familiar story – one of stress, struggle and a daily fight to remain in their home.

“Half of those families said they had gone without food, fuel or were otherwise in debt as a result of the cut. Among a raft of other hardships a third said they had been forced to use food banks.”

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Tory MP mocks Jeremy Corbyn for caring about 1m British children going hungry

From Evolve Politics: Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a link to a recent HuffPost article reporting new figures that a million children could go hungry this summer, calling it a “national disgrace”.

Instead of taking the issue of a million British children going hungry seriously, Simon Hoare, the Tory MP for North Dorset, decided to make a joke about it, mocking Corbyn by implying he had a Messiah complex for caring about hungry children.

Hoare tweeted:

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Teachers report “heartbreaking” increases in numbers of poor children at primary schools going hungry

Teachers have reported “heartbreaking” increases in the numbers of poor children at primary schools going hungry.

Over half of surveyed teachers have children in their school who go hungry during school holidays, when no school meals are available. Most of those teachers also see children arrive at school hungry. Substantial numbers of teachers also report seeing children return from school holidays with signs of malnourishment.

One teacher said: “In addition to holiday hunger I have families who cannot cook a meal because their oven is broken and they cannot afford to get it repaired. I have families with disabled children who cannot easily leave the house and shop for affordable healthy food because it is too difficult and they have no help.”

Another teacher said: “It’s heart-breaking to hear children not wanting holidays because they don’t get to eat enough.”

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