Figures have revealed that this government’s controversial Housing benefit has affected more Brent households than any other borough in the country.
2,252 households in Brent have seen their support cut by the current government’s benefit cap since its introduction in April 2013. With cost of living and the growing cost of rent is so high in Brent, it has seen benefits cut for more households in Brent than in the whole of Wales (1,736).
The government is now considering reducing the cap even further, the impact this could have on Brent residents lives will be catastrophic. A breakdown of the numbers also reveal that affected families also include over 4,646 children who have been put at further risk of plunging into child poverty by the current government policies. Dawn highlighted this when speaking to the House on the 10th June.
It should also be remembered that in the overwhelming number of cases most of the benefit is paid in the Household benefits goes to the Landlord.
Dawn committed to further action by signing, London Mayoral hopeful, Sadiq Khan MPs “Homes in London” Early Day Motion 145. The EDM highlights the current threat this government is causing the London housing market through forcing councils to sell off their expensive homes, extending the right to buy to Housing Association properties and lowering the welfare cap even further.
Speaking about the findings, Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central said: “These discoveries highlight the impact a Conservative Lib Dem government has had on thousands of Brent residents lives since they implemented these changes. These are often the most vulnerable people in our communities and this government is turning its back on them.
Many vulnerable children’s lives in Brent have been hit by these savage cuts, any considerations about further reducing the benefit cap will further impact the lives of so many families who struggle day to day.
In the few short weeks since being elected in May it has become clear already how many of our residents are suffering every day under this conservative government and the actions of the last Lib Dem Tory coalition. I have been inundated at my constituency office, people are desperate for help. I will campaign for more social housing with affordable rent. On May 7th residents of Brent Central sent the government a clear message that it needs to change and I will continue to campaign for the urgent change they need.”