Benefit cap statistics

Statistics on households affected by the benefit cap and on Jobcentre Plus activity with claimants who may be affected by it.

Latest release

The latest set of official statistics on number of households capped across Great Britain (GB) to January 2014 was published on Thursday 6 March 2014. This includes regional off-flow statistics for the first time.

About benefit cap statistics

Benefit cap statistics cover:

  • cumulative statistics on the number of households capped at GB and regional level and local authority
  • GB level figures by household type, number of children and amount of cap

In April 2013, the government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can get, so that households on out-of work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households. This is part of a wider reform of the welfare system.

Read more about the benefit cap.

The Minister for Employment announced to Parliament on 1 February 2012 that we’ll publish a review of the cap after the first year of its operation. This will be published in autumn 2014.

Before national implementation

The benefit cap went live on the 15 April 2013, as part of a phased introduction approach, in these local authority areas:

  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Enfield
  • Haringey

Benefit cap statistics before national implementation in the 4 local authorities subject to the phased implementation of the benefit cap include:

  • caseloads (cumulative and point in time) and claimant characteristic, such as age and gender
  • amounts of capped benefit by bandwidths
  • household type and number of children breakdowns

After national implementation

National implementation of the benefit cap began on 15 July 2013 in remaining local authorities. All households identified as being appropriate to be capped were capped by the end of September 2013. The schedule of capping activity was managed over a 10 week period split into 2 groups:

  • group 1 included all local authorities with 275 or fewer households potentially capped
  • group 2 included all local authorities with 276 or more households potentially capped

Release timetable

Date Subject
8 May 2014 Data to March 2014

More information

We are investigating the feasibility of making these official statistics on benefit cap available via an on-line tabulation tool – StatXplore. This tool allows users to produce their own bespoke tables and visualisations so that the figures can be viewed via tables, graphs, and maps.


Email us on the type of statistics you would like to see available on benefit cap

There is contact information and more about DWP statistics on the Statistics at DWP page.

Jobcentre Plus activity with claimants potentially affected by the benefit cap

On 5 December 2013 we published the latest statistics on Jobcentre Plus activity regarding claimants potentially affected by the benefit cap. (Some of the claimants reported in these statistics will have been affected by the benefit cap.)

Since April 2012 Jobcentre Plus has been supporting claimants potentially affected by the benefit cap to ensure they receive the help they need to move closer to the labour market where possible, as moving into employment is the best route out of poverty.

Jobcentre Plus collates data on the engagement activity it undertakes with claimants who may be affected by the benefit cap. These capture a number of activities including:

  • the number of claimants accepting employment support
  • the number of claimants moving into employment

These Jobcentre Plus activity statistics are based on all claimants potentially affected by the cap. As the benefit cap has been implemented, these statistics will begin to include both claimants who actually have been capped and those who have not because of changes to their circumstances. So this will be the last statistical release of this type. From February 2014 we will publish more detailed official statistics showing benefit cap off flows by reason. One of these reasons is “Working Tax Credit exemption” as a proxy for movements into work within the household. These new statistics will focus on those households affected by the cap.

  1. Jobcentre Plus activity with claimants who may be affected by the benefit cap.

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistics

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