Here’s a list of the benefit cuts already approved or enacted by this government


Benefit tales

Ministers say no more social security cuts – but have approved a huge package of savings for this parliament already
Employment support allowance (ESA)

Just over a fortnight before last week’s Tory backbench PIP rebellion, the government forced through plans to cut £30 a week from the unemployment benefit of ill and disabled claimants found unfit to work. (read more)

Working age benefits freeze

A range of benefits will be frozen for four years from April 2016, including tax credits, jobseeker’s allowance and sickness benefit payments (read more)

Housing benefit freeze

More than 300,000 low-income working families will face substantial shortfalls – in some cases amounting to hundreds of pounds a month – as a result of a freeze on local housing allowance starting in April. (read more)

Household benefit cap

The welfare and work bill, passed earlier this month, reduces the level…

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