Labour calls on Government to scrap benefit cap to avoid evictions crisis after latest extension

Labour has urged the Government to use the brief extension of the evictions ban to scrap the benefit cap, which is pushing thousands of families into rent arrears and debt.

Shadow Minister for Employment Seema Malhotra has written to the Government calling for urgent clarification on the number of households caught by the benefit cap who are at risk of eviction once the latest one-month extension to the ban comes to an end.

While the brief reprieve will be a last-minute relief to many families, Labour is warning it is only postponing the inevitable without scrapping the benefit cap.

There has been a shocking 93 per cent rise in households hit by the benefit cap from February to May this year. More households are now caught by the cap than ever before, losing £248 a month on average. The overwhelming majority of these households are home to children, with two thirds of being single parent households.

As well as calling for urgent clarification on the number of households hit by the benefit cap who are at risk of eviction, Malhotra’s letter demands Ministers set out their plans to address the issue and scrap the benefit cap.

Seema Malhotra MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Employment, said:

“Labour has repeatedly called on the Government to scrap the benefit cap and extend the ban on evictions to avoid a wave of homelessness. This policy pushes families and children into poverty.

“With the extension of the ban on evictions the Government must scrap the benefit cap to prevent further rent arrears and evictions at a time when families need support the most.”