The Conservative government have announced a range of cuts to working age benefits that will affect local residents.
Recent analysis has estimated that in the City of Bristol:
The four year freeze on working age benefits means 33,410 Bristol residents and their families will lose an average of £260 per year.
This includes 18,700 working people whose families will have to make up an average £280 shortfall per year in tax credits.
4,020 residents in the ESA work related activity group, considered only temporarily too ill to work, will lose a further £30 per week as their allowance is brought down to the level of JSA.
Other measures include:
- the household benefit cap will be reduced to £20,000 (£23,000 in London)
- support through Child Tax Credit will be limited to 2 children for children born from April 2017
- automatic entitlement to housing benefit will be ended for 18-21 year olds
- limiting child tax credits to 2 children
- reducing the amount of tax credits anyone with an income of more than £3,300 can receive