Date lodged: 8 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be of the new UK Government benefit cap on people in Scotland.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 17 November 2016
The Scottish Government has serious concerns about the significant increase in the number of households affected by the benefit cap, a six fold increase on numbers affected by the previous cap. This is yet another cut from the UK Government which will impact hardest on low income families with children. The recent Chartered Institute of Housing report estimated that 6,700 households containing 20,000 children would be affected by the new cap. The cumulative impact of changes to benefits and tax credits over the last few years is a considerable burden on those least able to afford it and continues to push more and more people into poverty at the very time we want to lift people out of poverty.