Archbishop attacks decision to cap welfare increases

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury yesterday attacked the government’s plan to cap increases to working-age benefits at less than the inflation rate.

Justin Welby, who became head of the Anglican communion last month, said plans to limit increases to some welfare payments at one per cent for the next three years would disproportionately affect the “vulnerable and in need”.

A government spokesman said the reforms would mean it was always better to work rather than rely on benefits. But the Archbishop insisted the change meant families and children “will pay the price for high inflation”.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith responded on ITV News, saying “there is nothing moral or fair about a system that trapped people in welfare dependency”.