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Up to 350 Cornish Families Claiming £26,000 in Benefits

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6:39am 21st February 2012

It is revealed up to 350 Cornish homes will be hit by the cap on benefits.

That is how many are claiming more than £26,000 a year or £500 a week. That is the equivalent of the average national wage.

Critics say children will suffer the most. The government says families with severely disabled kids are exempt but hand-outs can not be higher than the average wage.

Single mum Bridget Wagstaff from Marazion claims some benefits to help her three children. She said, "I have no choice at the moment. I can't work because my son only goes to nursery and I can't afford to put him in nursery more than the preschool hours. So I have to give back by volunteering as best I can. I don't agree with these parents who claim benefits but live in very grand houses. You have to live in smaller properties and have smaller cars or what you can afford."

6:39am 21st February 2012

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