A good day to bury bad news

Just 21 minutes after Kensington Palace announced the engagement of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the Department for Works and Pensions announced that millions of people will have their benefits frozen for a further 12 months at a cost to a typical working family with two children of £300 a year.

State pension and some other benefits will increase by the rate of inflation (3%).

The freeze, which has been in place since 2015, means a real-terms cut in income for millions of people because of rising living costs.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies found benefit entitlements would be lower by an average of £450 per year for over 10 million households affected by 2020.

And how much does a Royal Wedding cost?

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One thought on “A good day to bury bad news

  1. …and how much has the brexit vote (already) cost people on frozen benefits? Increases in food prices (as a result of the fall in the value of sterling) are pushing people further into poverty, and should there be a ‘hard’ brexit at the end of this painful and damaging political process, the increase in poverty in the UK will be truly appalling.

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