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DWP figures show 33,000 households hit by benefit cap since April 2013

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Bill Payments, Housing

DWP figures show 33,000 households hit by benefit cap since April 2013 DWP figures show 33,000 households hit by benefit cap since April 2013

Nearly 33,000 households have had their housing benefit capped by the government since it came into effect last April.

According to figures released today by the Department for Work and Pensions, 47% of all households affected by the cap were found in London. Enfield is the London borough with the highest number of households hit by the cap, the number standing at 1,548 as of November 2013.

Of the top 20 local authorities with the highest number of households affected, only two were not in London: Birmingham and Manchester.

The DWP figures show that as of November 1 2013:

  • Just over 27,000 households had their housing benefit capped 
  • 59% of households had between 1 and 4 children and 39% had five or more children 
  • 59% of households constituted a single parent with child dependants 
  • 77% of households were capped by £100 or less 
  • 59 households had been capped by £400 or more.

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