Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy




Latest News

View more

Biafra supporters hold solidarity march for Trump in Port Harcourt (photos)

Pro-Biafra supporters have taken to the street in the Port Harcourt area of Rivers to march in solidarity to Donald Trump as he gets set

Police, army shoot unarmed Biafrans celebrating Trump's inauguration in Rivers

Reports reaching Naij.com indicates that the Nigerian police and army are shooting unarmed Biafrans celebrating the inauguration of US president-elect Donald Trump in Port-Harcourt, Rivers

GENIUS! Nigerian student builds Iron Man as final year project (photos)

A Keke Napep is a tricycle used for commercial transport in most Nigerian cities. Again, another young Nigerian is making great strides, a student of IMT,

Why We Won’t Release Shiite Leader El-Zakzaky –Presidency

The Presidency yesterday said that government will not release the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigerian (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, for now. A top presidency source

Four suspected land-grabbers arrested for alleged murder in Ogun

ABEOKUTA—Ogun State Police Command has arrested four land-grabbers, who were allegedly involved in the murder of one Sidikatu Onasanya, 52, at Imoro. The state’s Police Public

Police issues stern warning to IPOB ahead of Trump's solidarity rally

- The police has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) not to disrupt the peace in Port Harcourt, Rivers state - The police said the

Worth Reading

Young Man Lands In Court For Allegedly Defiling His 7-Year-Old Neighbour...

A suspect, Opeyemi Yekini, was on Friday arraigned in Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly defiling a seven-year-old girl. Yinka was arrested after the

Man With The World's Biggest Manh0od Reveals He's Happy To Be Famous. Photos

The man with the world’s biggest p*nis has turned down the chance of having a reduction - as he prefers fame to s*x. Roberto Esquivel

You Need To Eat This If You Have Brittle Nails Or You’re Not Sleeping Well!!

The adrenal glands are of high importance for the entire body, and are endocrine glands located on the top parts of the kidneys. The issues

Medical Video: Here Is What Eating Pork Does Inside Your Body!!

The consumption of pork is forbidden in many countries and one of the great reasons is because it’s considered as “unclean”. Do you need any

Columnists

View more

Africa

View more
Home | UK |

Benefit cap WILL stay, insists No 10 amid fears they could ditch £26,000 cap

By Gerri Peev and James Chapman

Last updated at 7:42 AM on 14th June 2011


Downing Street last night slapped down a welfare minister who signalled a retreat over plans for a cap on welfare handouts.

Sources close to David  Cameron insisted Lord Freud had been wrong to suggest a new £26,000 limit on payments to families could be watered down.

As the Daily Mail reported  yesterday, the Tory welfare reform minister had signalled a climbdown on a promise that no household on benefits should be given more than the average family earns.

Slapped down: Sources close to David Cameron said Lord's Freud's suggestion that the £26,000 cap might be removed was not accurate, and he's been put right

How the Mail reported Lord Freud's comments yesterday

How the Mail reported Lord Freud's comments yesterday

Lord Freud said: 'We’re looking at exceptional circumstances which some people may find themselves in and we are going to be putting out arrangements for that later in the year.'

Exemptions from the cap could occur 'wherever we think there’s something happening that is undesirable and we're looking very carefully at how to draw up those protections'.

His comments were seen as a concession to Liberal Democrat arguments that households with large numbers of children would not be able to survive under the £26,000 limit.

But there was deepening confusion last night as Downing Street insisted there would be no exceptions to the rule beyond those that had been indicated when the policy was unveiled at the Tory conference last year.

The Work and Pensions Department has already said that the cap will not apply to households on welfare because of serious disability, in receipt of a war pension, or on working tax credit because of low income.

Yesterday in the Commons, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith insisted: 'The reality is that this policy is not changing because it is a good policy.

'Near on half of those of working age who are working actually earn less than £26,000 a year and they pay taxes to see some people on benefits earning much more than that figure.'

Mr Duncan Smith insisted Lord Freud had been referring to 'discretionary payments' to make sure the benefit cap was 'eased in properly'.

His comments were designed to ease fear among Tory ranks over the prospect of yet another major concession to the Liberal Democrats.

But a Liberal Democrat peer with responsibility for the party's welfare policy said there must be further watering down of the policy.

Lord German, co-chairman of a Lib Dem committee on work and pensions, insisted child benefit should be excluded from the limit.

'There must be an exception in order to provide fairness and justice for this relatively small group of people,’ he said.

The PM’s official spokesman also claimed that there would be ‘no change to the policy'.

He said: 'The Prime Minister thinks that most taxpayers take the view that we shouldn't be giving more than the average wage in benefits to a family.'

A senior Lib Dem source said: 'Some Lib Dems are concerned the effects on larger families will be too severe and that has not yet been settled.'


Share this article:

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below, or debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have not been moderated.

Why is it right to give someone on welfare more money than the ""average"" wage earner who through their taxes are paying to for irresponsible people? There are too many people who honestly need assistance versus those that believe it is their "right" to be supported. It's like asking a neighbour to pay for someones "right" to have a BMW while your having to drive a Ford.

- Monica, Houston, Texas, 14/6/2011 12:14

Report abuse

When I had my children, I only had the amount I could afford to provide for. I then lost my husband when the youngest was a toddler. I didn't take up with anyone else, no revolving door of men for my children and I still went to work every day to keep them. There needs to be a cap on the amount of children parents can claim for, given it takes 9 months to carry and give birth, twelve months notice that it is coming into effect is sufficient. If parents want ten children that's fine, but they will only receive handouts for the first two or three of them, after that have them at their peril. No extra child benefit, no extra income support or job seekers. It will stop the next generation of having multiple children. Same applies to rent allowances, capped at the same rate as social housing, it will put an end to those living in houses that are charging the council £3000 a month. If they want to live there it comes out of their own pocket, they will soon move into affordable housing.

- Angela, I think I still live in England, 14/6/2011 10:47

Report abuse

Why this minister opened his mouth without engaging his brain is puzzling after all he was a Conservative and not a Liberal who are desperately trying to develop new policies distinct from their coalition partner. The policy still stands and it's fairness is plain to all except to those in receipt of 26K+ a year in benefits ie Labours client State voters.

- Ratcatcher, Westminster Sewers, 14/6/2011 10:34

Report abuse

The Lib Dems MUST put a stop to this. Poor people in the capital will be affected terribly by this draconian, ideological cap and ultimately it will be devastating to children.

- Victor Stirling, UK, 14/6/2011 10:32

Report abuse

So it was "Freudian Slip" then ?!

- Disillusioned (ex Tory voter), Middle England, 14/6/2011 09:52

Report abuse

There will always be exceptions but any special cause should have to be personally signed off by the cabinet minister responsible no-one below that level. Then you have some accountability.

- B.Thomson, Scotland, 14/6/2011 09:45

Report abuse

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

Tags

No tags for this article
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of Nigeriadailynews.com. Nigeriadailynews.com accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
What's next

Related Articles

A cloistered nun has stunned her mother superior and sisters after giving birth to a baby boy

A nun complaining of stomach pains has given birth to a baby boy in Italy The woman, from South America, was taken to hospital by fellow

Pregnant woman being harrased

Kerry Belton was on her way to collect her younger sister from school She entered Felixstowe Police Station to ask to use the toilets in a

Afghan Policeman Kills Three British Soldiers

Three British soldiers have been killed by a policeman in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.   Two served with the 1st Battalion Welsh

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

Emir of Kano, daughter Shahida and his first grandchild (WATCH)

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II welcomed his first grandchild, a girl, from his daughter Shahida and her husband. Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II welcomed

Relief for Nigerians as NNPC resumes production of kerosene and diesel

- Three NNPC refineries in Nigeria have resumed production of diesel and kerosene - The refineries are in Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna Three refineries of Nigerian

Fayose standing on a firefighter truck dishing out orders on how to stop the inferno (Video)

A video has emerged online of residents of Ekiti state praising Governor Ayo Fayose for helping them to stop a raging inferno in the state

We are 100% ready for dialogue, Niger Delta militants reply Buhari

The Niger Delta militants under the auspices of the Coalition of Niger Delta Groups have expressed their readiness to engage the federal government in dialogue

See the Vice President of Equitorial Guinea who was arrested in France

- The Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodorin Obiang has been docked in France - Obiang was arrested for allegedly buying some property with laundered money -

Most Read News

View all posts

Trump: The stock market is booming, but the President can't take all the credit

Stock markets have been on the rise since Donald Trump's electoral victory in November, but many Wall Street experts say the president-elect can't take all

Finally! NYSC 2016 Batch B stream 2 timetable released

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) management has finally granted the wish of many Nigerian graduates who have been waiting patiently since the 2016 Batch

Nnamani, Nwobodo, others to undergo APC registration in Enugu

…as 500 PDP members defect to APC in Abia…5 Imo PDP Reps to dump party for APC By  Emman Ovuakporie, Johnbosco  Agbakwuru, Dennis Agbo & Ugochukwu

Full text of Donald Trump’s inaugural address

The following is the complete text of Donald Trump’s inaugural address delivered Friday after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United

Sultan, Abdulsalami, Onaiyekan meet El-Rufai over Kaduna killings

Godwin Isenyo and Ifeanyi Onuba Members of the National Peace Committee led by its Chairman and a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), on

“How God Revealed To Me That Buhari Will Bring Doom To Nigerians” – Rev Father Explain

Rev. Obimma has said the policies of the President Buhari have spread poverty across Nigeria.The spiritual director of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, Rev.

Most Watched Movies

Book Of Haragon 2

The solution to the deadly spiritual torment upon the land lies in the missing book of haragon. Will the book ever be retrieved? Find out...

Crazy Sex Passion 2

This is a story of lust, betrayal and deceit. What would make a mother run away with her daughter's fiancee?. Enjoy this intriguing story.    Starring; Kanayo

Jealous War

Starring: Mike Ezuruonye, Ini Edo, Ngozi Ezeonu

Tears Of Sacrifice

Now showing on Nollywood Picturestv is this magnificent romance that plays on every emotion. The relationship between Mary (Monalisa Chinda)a young beautiful lady and Desmond(Jim

Mr Ibu in Child Dedication 3

A young woman(Chika Ike)suffered alot with her kids due to the curse that was placed on her by her supposed husband(clem ohameze)one of her daughter

College Girls Are Back 2

Starring; Chinyere Wilfred, Harry B, Kelvin Books