- Austerity benefit freezes and Brexit inflation to cost lower-income households 300 next year. Poorer households could be 300 worse off next year, due to benefit freezes and a predicted rise in inflation. For decades previously, the government has raised working-age benefits in line with inflation.. - Poorer households could be 300 worse off next year, due to benefit freezes and a predicted rise in inflation. Half of all families with children will be affected, warns think tank the Resolution Foundation, meaning seven million children in total. Money coins UK 1a Getty LLLL 800,000 people lo.ng for work . - "We shouldn 't forget that there will be millions of working families who will be struggling this Christmas already as a direct result of government policies such as the benefits freeze and the public sector pay cap; this is a further reminder of just how bad this double whammy of rising prices and Tory austerity . - Britain 's cost of living is rising at the fastest pace in four-year high, intensifying the squeeze on households..
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