Bishop speaks out against limiting benefit claims

THE Bishop of Portsmouth criticised plans to curb benefits for women fleeing abuse.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28th January 2016, 6:06 am
Updated Thursday, 28th January 2016, 2:59 pm

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster was speaking in the House of Lords as peers debated welfare reform. The government last night ultimately lost a bid to slash disabled people’s benefits by £1,500.

But the bishop criticised the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and said exemptions should be made. He said: ‘The threat and danger of domestic violence is not chosen or sought. To penalise children taken out of a dangerous situation cannot be right.’

He also said he feared the bill could discourage marriage.