Updated: 4 November 2015.
A campaign asking the UK Government to reconsider the proposals of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill currently before Parliament is being supported by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church Action on Poverty, Church of Scotland, Methodist Church, Quakers in Britain, Scottish Episcopal Church and United Reformed Church.
Many families will face a large reduction in benefits under the proposed Bill with the hardship caused likely to be substantial. For many it will break the link between their needs and the levels of support available to them.
A YouGov survey commissioned for the campaign shows that 61% of UK adults believe that welfare benefits should be set at a level that allows families with children to cover their basic costs – only 25% of those polled said they thought that benefits should be set deliberately low to encourage families to find work or get more work.
A report produced for the campaign, entitled Enough: Our responsibility to meet families’ needs, reveals that the Benefit Cap, which reduces families’ benefits by an average of over £3,500 per year, has only resulted in 4.7% of families finding work. However, 46% of families affected by the Cap experienced increasing problems with rent arrears. This is despite the Government’s claims that reducing the amount of benefits people are entitled to is an effective way of moving people into work.
Other resources are available on the Joint Public Issues Team website, including:
- A short video explaining the Enough campaign suitable for use within a church service or with small groups to encourage people to get involved.
- A bible reflection on the theme of enough.
- A prayer and a specially-written hymn.
- Information about how you can take action.