13 August 2017: Three-quarters of capped households are capped because of the introduction of lower cap levels New DWP statistics also show that 77 per cent of capped households now live outside Greater London

Three-quarters of capped households are capped because of the introduction of lower cap levels

New DWP statistics also show that 77 per cent of capped households now live outside Greater London

Three-quarters of capped households are capped because of the introduction of the new lower cap levels, according to new DWP statistics.

In ‘Benefit cap quarterly statistics: GB households capped to May 2017‘, published today, the DWP highlights that the introduction of lower cap levels have increased the number of capped households to 68,000 as at May 2017 and that, of these, 52,000 would not have been capped if the cap levels had remained at the pre 7 November 2016 levels. In addition, 77 per cent of capped households now live outside Greater London compared to 60 per cent as at November 2016.

Of households subject to the benefit cap –

  • 71 per cent are single-parent families, of which 78 per cent have at least one child aged under five, and 35 per cent have a child aged under two;
  • 93 per cent have children;
  • 17 per cent claim jobseeker’s allowance;
  • 50 per cent claim income support;
  • 15 per cent claim employment and support allowance; and
  • 92 per cent claim child tax credits.

For more information see Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2017 from gov.uk

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