I am pleased that the Welfare Minister, Lord Freud, has said that he is looking at providing protection for vulnerable people who will be impacted negatively by the cap on benefits to Local Housing Allowance.
Lord Freud said: “I am not in a position to be utterly specific about how we will do this, but I can say that we will put in place the appropriate protections for those in supported housing. DWP (the Department for Work and Pensions) and DCLG (the Department for Communities and Local Government) will be working closely together to make sure that those protections are in place. We appreciate the concern, and we will aim to do this urgently.”
I am genuinely glad he appreciates the seriousness of the situation. I wonder, though, why a spokesman in his Department tHough it was appropriate to say, just last week, that the concerns being expressed by so many of us were “unnecessary scaremongering“. It was quite insulting to imply that we were lying.