Local MP Jim Fitzpatrick has demanded the Government help households facing a cost of living crisis after government figures revealed over 500 families in Tower Hamlets will lose over £100 a week in income when the benefits cap comes into force in September.
The cap will hit many families who are already under enormous pressure. Real wages have fallen 18% in Tower Hamlets since 2008, unemployment has remained stubbornly high, energy bills have soared by over £300 and the borough has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country.
The Government figures were revealed in a response to a Parliamentary Question from Newham MP Stephen Timms. Over 1300 households in Tower Hamlets will lose over £20 a week in benefit alongside over reductions in their income.
Responding to the figures Jim Fitzpatrick MP said: “Hundreds of families will be pushed to breaking point by the cap. Their children will suffer, they could face eviction and they have nowhere to turn. With the economy as bad as it is there’s no opportunity for people to work their way out of benefits and help themselves.
“We need real action now to get people back into work, to get more affordable homes built and to tackle rising energy bills”