The Impact of the Benefit Cap.
The Welfare Reform Act 2012 provided for a cap on total household benefits. The cap limits the total benefit a household can receive to £500 per week for a family and £350 per week for a single person with no children. The difference between a claimant’s total benefit and the Cap level is subtracted from Housing Benefit, or from support for housing costs under Universal Credit. The Cap was initially piloted in four London boroughs from April 2013 and was then implemented in all local authority areas in Great Britain by spring 2014.
The Parliamentary work and Pensions committee reported on the effects of the benefit cap last year. I copy some of their evidence below.
The current conservative government does not plan to act on any of this. Instead the plan is, if re-elected, to further reduce the total amount people can receive…
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