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Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap - DWP

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

Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap - DWP Families with children make up 60% of households hit by benefit cap - DWP

More than 40,000 households have had their benefits capped by the government since it was introduced last year, according to new figures.

Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) also showed that 60% of affected households had between one and four children while 36% had five or more.

Enfield has the highest number of capped households across the country and 19 of the top 20 local authority areas affected by the cap are to be found in London.

The DWP figures showed that since the introduction of the benefit cap on 15th April 2013 to March 2014:

  • Overall 42,200 households have had their housing benefit capped; the figure for March 2014 stood at 27,700
  • 46% of households affected by benefit cap were found in London 
  • Of the top 20 local authorities with the highest number of households affected by the benefit cap, only one was outside London - Birmingham.
  • 60% of households had between 1 and 4 children and 36% had 5 or more children. 
  • 59% of households constituted a single parent with child dependants. 
  • 80% of households were capped by £100 or less. 
  • Just over 14,500 households (34%) who have (previously) been capped are no longer subject to the cap as at March 2014. Of these, 5,700 thousand are exempt with an open working tax credit claim which is 39% of those no longer subject to the cap. 
  • 16,600 households have had a spell off the cap between April 2013 and March 2014. This includes cases not capped as at March 2014 and cases who have been capped, left the cap and then been capped again. Of these, 35% have had a recorded working tax credit claim in that period.

Top 20 local authorities by households capped:

Enfield 1,781
Brent 1,660
Ealing 1,214
Birmingham 1,127
Tower Hamlets 1,099
Westminster 1,096
Haringey 1,042
Newham 840
Croydon 792
Barnet 762
Hackney 660
Wandsworth 644
Redbridge 588
Barking & Dagenham 580
Waltham Forest 564
Lewisham 531
Hammersmith & Fulham 511
Harrow 492
Kensington & Chelsea 460
Lambeth 458

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