Thousands of people may be struggling to keep a roof over their heads this winter; is this the path to Mrs May’s ‘fairer’ society?


In 2013, George Osborne embarked on a campaign to target the poorest and most vulnerable in society while throwing what pennies he could find at the gaping holes in our dwindling economy. Since then, this method of attempting to fix the situation has not changed much. The approach essentially remains the same under the leadership of Theresa May, only the battleground upon which this war is waged and the focal point of attack, differ. Osborne’s benefit caps in high-rent areas of London seem ‘mild’ in comparison with May’s decimation of housing benefits nationwide.

Starting next week, the cap for poor families in London will be reduced to £442 every seven days, and £385 for those everywhere else. According to the Department for Work and Pensions, 88,000 families dotted throughout Britain will feel the effects of the slash. That is a soul-destroying 570,000 children who will now, in some cases, have as little as £1 a day with which to make ends meet.

All this come just three months into Theresa May’s term as Prime Minister. A term that, lest we forget, began with the aim ‘to make society fairer for all families’. A term that, again lest we forget, was awarded to Mrs May via circumstance rather than votes.

You might think that a prime minister with absolutely no mandate might wait a little while before making such a drastic move. But then, why would she? In the current political climate, actions like this receive so little media coverage. With everyone’s attention fixed firmly on the next instalment of their favourite soap or reality TV show, the families who will be scrambling to keep a roof over their heads as a direct result of this cut will be forgotten.

So, this piece is really a plea. If these cuts come as news to you then please spread the word. If more people knew about the day-to-day actions the Government makes, then you can be damn sure they wouldn’t be so heartless. Spread the word, then watch X-Factor. That’s the order I do it, anyway.

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