Cam pledge: I’ll cut cap on ben­e­fits

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A CON­SER­VA­TIVE govern­ment will take ac­tion within days to cut the an­nual ben­e­fit cap – from £26,000 to £23,000 – if the party wins this May’s gen­eral elec­tion, PM David Cameron has pledged.

Mr Cameron said the £135 mil­lion sav­ings from the move – which would mean cuts of up to £60-a-week in households’ state sup­port – will help fund 3 mil­lion ap­pren­tice­ships by 2020.

An­other £120 mil­lion would come from re­mov­ing hous­ing ben­e­fit from 18 to 21-year-olds on job­seeker’s al­lowance.

He hinted that the el­derly will es­cape cuts to their ben­e­fits, say­ing it would not be “fair” to tar­get pen­sion­ers with re­duc­tions when they are the least able to adapt their life­styles to changed fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances.

Ali­son Gar­nham, of Child Poverty Ac­tion Group, said: “The ben­e­fit cap is at least nine times more likely to af­fect chil­dren than adults and the ma­jor­ity of adults it hits are lone par­ents.”

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