benefit cap

Only 3,000 hit by benefit cap find work as IDS is exposed

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 12:59 -- nick

The government has released its latest figures on the benefit cap, the regulation which sees all British families limited to a maximum of £26,000 in welfare payments.

Over 36,000 households have been capped since it was introduced, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is trumpeting its 'success' in this area.

While 8,000 are no longer living under the cap, only 3,250 escaped it by finding work, just 9% of the total.

The others reduced their benefit claims or had other changes in circumstances, like registering as disabled and escpaping that way.

Benefit cap doesn't breach human rights, says court

Tue, 05/11/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

A group of mothers has lost its claim that the benefit cap breaches their human rights.

The women, all from London, had brought the case on the grounds that it harms their right to a reasonable home and family life and breaches the rights of their children.

They had feared it would leave them destitute, with their lawyers arguing that it was a "cruel and arbitrary" measure and "reminiscent of the days of the workhouse".

Benefit cap hits 8,400 households

Thu, 03/10/2013 - 12:28 -- nick

The government has confirmed that the benefit cap affected 8,400 households between April and August, the period in which it was introduced.

The cap limits single people to a maximum of £350 per week, and couples and families to a maximum of £500 per week.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) today released official figures for the number having benefits capped in the first phase, which does not include the whole country.

Benefit cap imposed nationwide from today

Mon, 12/08/2013 - 15:08 -- nick

The government's benefit cap has been imposed on every area of the UK from today.

The cap, which limits benefit payments to families to a maximum of £26,000 per year, has been rolled out in the final 40 councils that had not previously delivered it, and its implementation will be completed by the end of September.

The benefit cap has been criticised for many reasons since its introduction, including the fact that it has been calculated on national average salary when the family earning at that level would receive benefits on top, increasing their income.

Government's benefits cap criticised again

Wed, 24/07/2013 - 12:11 -- nick

The government's benefits cap has come in for more criticism in today's Guardian newspaper.

Anne Perkins says the policy "will almost certainly be devastating to some families and grotesquely unfair to many", and will lead to some areas of cities and many parts of the south of England being off-limits to all but the richest people.

Benefit changes could push more towards loan sharks

Thu, 18/07/2013 - 13:34 -- nick

Benefits are in crisis in the UK, with real-terms cuts for the next three years and a cap affecting tens of thousands, as well as opinion polls showing many people - even those who get welfare payments - holding some negative views.

The latest challenge is the ending of the Social Fund, designed to help people in financial crisis, in favour of giving money to each local council and letting them choose how to spend it.

Rather than loaning desperate people the cash they need, many councils are providing in-kind support, including food banks and cast-off clothes and furniture.

Benefit cap goes nationwide today

Mon, 15/07/2013 - 12:12 -- nick

The government's benefit cap is to be rolled out across the UK from today.

The cap, which sees working age claimants restricted to a maximum of £350 per week if they are single and £500 per week for those with families, has been piloted in four London boroughs from April and will be implemented in every other area of the UK between now and the end of September.

While disability benefits, pensions and in-work benefits are excluded from the cap, in practice the fact that the only payment made to claimants which is variable pays for housing means it is a housing benefit cap.

Government trumpets 'successful' benefit cap

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 14:38 -- nick

The government is today trumpeting the 'success' of its benefit cap pilot after more than 2,400 families had their income reduced in the London Boroughs of Enfield, Haringey, Bromley and Croydon.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not say what its criteria for success are, but since April last year, Jobcentre Plus has been targeting those claimants potentially affected with 12,400 having moved into work and 32,300 having accepted employment support.



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