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Benefits Poverty Warning from Bishop

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6:01am 21st November 2011

The Bishop of Trurowarns more children risk being plunged into poverty.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton is one of eighteen bishops signing a letter against welfare reforms.

He is worried about a plan to cap benefits at five hundred pounds a week and is calling for a government rethink.

Critics say the bill will affect hundreds of thousands of children and vulnerable people.

In a letter to The Observer newspaper, the bishops said, "We are urging the government to consider some of the options offered by the Children's Society before the bill is passed into legislation, such as removing child benefit from household income for the purposes of calculating the level of the cap and calculating the level of the cap based on earnings of families with children, rather than all households.

"The government could also consider removing certain vulnerable groups from the cap and the introduction of a significant "grace period" of exemption from the cap for households which have recently left employment."

6:01am 21st November 2011

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