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Board of Deputies urges minister to scrap two-child cap on benefits

Board says it will continue to work with Charedi community to find fairer system

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The Board of Deputies has again pressed the government to scrap the cap on benefits for families with more than two children.

In an online meeting with Welfare Delivery Minister  Will Quince on Tuesday, it stressed the disproportionate impact on large families particularly within the Charedi community.

Families can claim benefits and tax credits for only two children, with the restriction applying to children born after April 2017.

The Board’s delegation included Charedi representatives from Stamford Hill, Manchester, Gateshead and Canvey Island.

Board vice-president Edwin Shuker said ”the two-child cap remains a matter of concern for us and we continue to urge the government to scrap it.

“We will continue to work with government and partners across the community – and particularly in the Charedi community – to find a more fair and just formula that supports families and tackles child poverty.”

Mr Quince said it was “great to meet with the Board of Deputies of British Jews today to discuss their thoughts and recommendations”.

The minister was also urged to look at the gap between housing costs and the Local Housing Allowance, although the delegation welcomed the government’s adjustment of the allowance.

He was told the situation in Stamford Hill had been exacerbated by some landlords raising rents.

The participation of eight Charedi representatives in the meeting reflects growing efforts by the Board to engage the strictly Orthodox community.

Last week the Board held a public webinar where four Charedi panellists spoke about their communities.

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