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Benefits Cap: Impact on Cornwall is Revealed

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3:47pm 10th December 2013

It is being claimed that almost a hundred homes in Cornwall have been hit by the benefits cap.

According to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, 95 are losing around £100 a week.

The government wants to make sure no-one is claiming more than £26 thousand a year.

Ministers say it has to pay to work.

Michelle Kent speaks for Cornwall Disabled People Against Cuts.

She says local families are being squeezed by other welfare changes: "We've all got to pay the same amount of pennies for a loaf of bread. We've all got to pay the same amount of money for fuel and things like that and yet MPs can award themselves an 11% pay rise and yet the poorest people only get a 1% increase in their benefits.

"People on jobseekers' allowance of £71.70 a week living in two-bedroomed accommodation that can't move, not only have they got to find Council Tax this year, they've also got to find bedroom tax and they do pay tax because they pay indirect tax in the form of VAT.

"It isn't just housing benefit, it isn't just disability benefits, we're being sort of squeezed from every single angle. I don't just fight for disabled people, I mean it's the working poor that I care about as well; what we need in this country is a living wage."

3:47pm 10th December 2013

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