A YouGov survey commissioned for the Enough 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.
The 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.
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.
For more details about the survey and the report see the Methodist Church website.