To: Deirdre Hargey, Minister for Communities

Protect families and close the social security loopholes

Protect families and close the social security loopholes

Pass legislation to close loopholes in welfare mitigations.

Why is this important?

Hundreds are unprotected from bedroom tax and over a thousand unprotected from the benefit cap due to loopholes in the current welfare mitigations. The 9 month benefit cap grace period will come to an end at Christmas, impacting 46,000 people who began claiming Universal Credit in March at the start of the pandemic. All those affected are families with children and 77% are lone parents, losing around £200 a month.

The loophole can be closed but the Minister for Communities must act now.

Northern Ireland, UK

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