A large delegation of Jewish representatives this week met Welfare Delivery Minister Will Quince MP to convey communal concern about the impact of the Government’s two-child welfare and housing cap.
The Orthodox Jewish community has much larger families than the national average and representatives said the twin impact of the cap plus the economic downturn as a result of the pandemic could push some families into poverty.
The delegation comprised representatives from London and Manchester, as well as from Charedi communities in Canvey Island and Gateshead.
“The two-child cap remains a matter of concern for us and we continue to urge the Government to scrap it,” said Board of Deputies’ vice-president Edwin Shuker, who was one of 11 Jewish representative to attend the meeting.
“We will continue to work with Government and partners across the community, particularly in the Charedi community, to find a more fair and just formula that supports families and tackles child poverty.”
Quince said: “We are committed to maintaining our strong relationship with the Jewish community, and I look forward to engaging with them further in the future.”
It was a pleasure to meet Welfare Delivery Minister @WillQuince to discuss some of the challenges facing the Charedi community, including the two child cap. We look forward to continuing the conversation https://t.co/K490AxRSpu pic.twitter.com/HODCvcZh1T
— Board of Deputies of British Jews (@BoardofDeputies) July 21, 2020