Labour has clarified its position over a contentious Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy. But when you check it, it really doesn’t go far enough; potentially leaving millions of people worse off than they should be.
The DWP: freezing all over
In April 2016, the government brought in the benefits freeze. This meant the DWP would not increase the amount paid for some working age benefits until April 2020. It followed a cap on increases at 1% from April 2013. The benefits affected are:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
- Child Benefit.
- Housing Benefit.
- Tax credits.
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group.
- Universal Credit (not disability elements).
The government said the freeze would save it £3.9bn a year. But now, Labour has moved on the policy.
Labour making moves
As Mirror journalist Dan Bloom tweeted, Labour’s position on the benefits freeze was unclear: