Early day motion 980

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WOMEN AND CHILDREN SUFFERING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE BENEFIT CAP

That this House welcomes the petition by Women Against Rape calling on the Government to put the safety of women and children first by lifting the benefit cap so they are not trapped in violent relationships where they risk injury, trauma and even death; deplores that mothers and children fleeing domestic violence are impoverished by the cap after rent is paid, including in social housing, and are sometimes left with nil income; further deplores that even Child Benefit and many refuges and hostels for vulnerable women are not exempted from the cap; notes that many such families are forced to rely on discretionary housing payments from their local council which are temporary and uncertain; considers it unacceptable that local councils be expected to make up for cuts in national social security benefits; further notes that many victims of violence are unable to find a job immediately or to move to a cheaper area, and need time to recover and reassure distressed children, close to supportive friends and relatives; and calls on the Government to lift the cap to protect current and future potential victims of domestic violence.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 24.02.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 22.01.2014
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 13.02.2014
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 30.01.2014
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 22.01.2014
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 30.01.2014
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 05.02.2014
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 30.01.2014
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 27.01.2014
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 03.02.2014
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 29.01.2014
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 30.01.2014
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 24.02.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 22.01.2014
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 23.01.2014
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 30.01.2014
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 30.01.2014
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 22.01.2014
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 13.02.2014
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 23.01.2014
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 23.01.2014
Teather, Sarah Liberal Democrats Brent Central 24.02.2014