MORE than 800 households in the North West that had their benefits capped have now moved into work, or reduced their own benefit claim below the weekly limit of the cap.
New official statistics reveal that 200 households that were previously subject to the benefit cap found jobs, since the limit was introduced in April.
Another 250 households that had their benefits limited either reduced their Housing Benefit claim, or stopped claiming it altogether, while 150 households have reduced the amount they receive in other benefits.
Capping benefits is a key part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to return fairness to the welfare system and deliver for hardworking people. In total, more than 38,000 households have had their benefits capped across the UK by January 2014. This ensures that they no longer receive more in benefits than the average family earns.
Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, said: “The benefit cap is rewarding families who want to work hard and get on, and already we are seeing thousands of people in London finding jobs and moving off benefits.
“In fact, almost half of the households that have moved off the cap nationally are in the capital. By capping welfare, we are fixing the broken system which allowed tens of thousands of households to receive far more in benefits than the ordinary hardworking family earns. We are taking control of the benefits system as part of the Government’s long-term economic plan and making work pay to secure a better future for Britain.”
Jobcentre Plus has been working with people potentially affected by the policy since April 2012, and earlier figures showed that around 19,000 potentially capped and some capped claimants across the country had been helped into jobs by November 2013.
The benefit cap limits benefits a household can receive to £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households, and £350 a week for households of a single adult with no children.