The benefit cap is a sucker punch for councils

Cuts to benefits may well be helping the government pay off its overdraft, but they could cost councils the earth. The benefit cap in particular is a sucker punch to councils – the sly punch that comes in and catches you off guard. How so?

Let’s firstly remind ourselves how the benefit cap works. It limits the total amount of benefits that certain families can claim. This is currently set at £500 per week, but the government want to reduce … Read more

‘That’s when I first realised – and I no longer assume children have beds.’

In Britain in 2015, teachers feel that it’s no longer possible to assume that every child has a bed to sleep in, let alone a safe and secure home to live in. We spoke to teachers and learning mentors in London schools, and the stories they shared shone a light on the consequences of the housing crisis. One told us:

‘One boy [with poor attendance], I was asking him where he lived – and he was so vague. He drew Read more