Turning Point Chief Executive joins Lords debate on the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Turning Point Chief Executive Lord Victor Adebowale today spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill in the House of Lords.

In response to proposals in the Bill to limit the up-rating of many types of benefit to 1%, Victor said that many people are already struggling due to other reforms that have started to affect them. He warned that it was unfair for vulnerable people, including those with complex needs and those facing homelessness, to suffer further real term cuts to their support.

Despite the exemption of disability benefits and carer's allowance from the legislation, Victor argued that the Bill would still affect many disabled people claiming Employment and Support Allowance and it would also squeeze already struggling working families.

Talking also about public attitudes to welfare spending, Victor said that the Government had a responsibility to educate people about this, as there is a difference between actual and perceived amounts of money spent on unemployment support. Concerned with the rising number of people turning to food banks, Victor suggested the Government should respond with its advice to those who stand to be worst affected by this Bill.