Benefit Cap

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.