Proposed benefit cap (defeated in the House of Lords): £26000 per year.
Typical working year including holidays: 48 weeks.
Typical full time working week: 37.5 hours.
£26000 / 48 / 37.5 = £14.44
So getting benefits of £26000 a year is the equivalent of earning £14.44 an hour after tax.
I can see why the noble Lords and Bishops feel this is plunging hardworking families into debt.
* I'm haven't worked it out myself but apparently for £26000 after tax income you'd need to be earning £34000, which works out an hourly rate of £18.89!
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