The benefit cap, imposed in 2013 and further restricted to an even lower rate in 2016, has reduced the income of tens of thousands of the country’s poorest people. Through our research and frontline services, we have seen the damaging effect this is having on individuals and families, with many people struggling to afford rent, heating and food as a result.

Having seen the negative impact it is having, we have consistently argued against the cap. Our formal submissions, below, highlight the issues involved in its design and implementation and suggest ways to improve it for a fairer welfare system.

Z2K Submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Benefit Cap Inquiry, April 2017

Z2K Briefing on Welfare Reform & Work Bill - House of Lords Committee Stage, December 2015

Z2K Briefing on Welfare Reform & Work Bill - House of Lords Second Reading, November 2015

Z2K Briefing on Welfare Reform & Work Bill - Report Stage, October 2015

Z2K Briefing on Welfare Reform & Work Bill - Second Reading, July 2015

Z2K Submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee Inquiry into 'The role of Jobcentre Plus in the reformed welfare system,' April 2013