National Housing Federation response to Amber Rudd’s announcements on Universal Credit today

11 January 2019

Responding to the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s announcement, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, said:

“Amber Rudd’s announcement that she plans to stop the freeze on benefits in 2020 is a very positive one. We are also glad that the Government has listened to concerns about the two child benefit cap and decided to change tack. Families with more than two children born before the two child policy was introduced were unfairly penalised by the cap. Social housing tenants told us that the cap pushed them into poverty and rent arrears, and that ultimately it was their children who were suffering.

“We must remember that the change to the two-child policy will not apply to families with children born after the cap was introduced in 2017. These families will still be just as vulnerable to falling into poverty as those who are now being exempted. This policy causes real hardship for thousands of people, and we would urge the Secretary of State to remove the cap altogether.”