About 15,000 families with more than two children will no longer have their benefits capped after the government had to perform another U-turn on the provision of Universal Credit.
Amber Rudd, work and pensions secretary, has ditched plans to extend a benefits cap on families of more than two children.
The Child Poverty Action Group welcomed the decision as “fantastically good news” but the group has called for the two-child cap to be scrapped for all other families. With Labour also commenting that the change “doesn’t go far enough.”
The work and pensions secretary also confirmed that the transfer of 3,000,000 people over to Universal Credit from the old benefits system would be delayed.
The government will run a pilot program to transition 10,000 people on to Universal Credit from the old benefits system instead.
Previously announced changes to child-related benefits meant large families would lose more
Universal Credit has long been criticised for it’s impact on larger families.