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Bishop of Dorking backs calls against cap on welfare benefits

Date: 11 March 2013
The Bishop of Dorking the Rt Revd Ian Brackley was one of 43 Church of England Bishops to sign an open letter opposing Government plans to cap benefit increases.

The letter, which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph (March 10) and was coordinated by the Children's Society, was also signed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

It was published ahead of the Government's Welfare Benefit Up-rating Bill being heard in the Lords. If passed, the Bill would see benefits rise by a fixed one percent for the next three years instead of in line with the cost of living.

The Bishops argue that children and families are already being hit hard by other cuts including those to tax credits, maternity benefits, and help with housing costs and to leave them vulnerable to high inflation is 'totally unacceptable'.

Bishop Ian said: "Whatever the political persuasion of any Government, the Church has a duty to stand up for those on the margins of society and to draw attention to their plight.

"The proposals in the Bill will have the greatest effect upon those who can least afford it, especially on families with young children. Although it is recognized that these are tough economic times and measures have to be taken to redress the balance, the Government must be made aware of the likely effect of what they are proposing and encouraged to modify their proposals and seek a fairer way forward."

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