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Benefit cap statistics

Statistics on households affected by the benefit 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

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Benefit cap: quarterly statistics

These quarterly statistics publications include:

  • cumulative and point-in-time numbers of households capped
  • number of households that were previously capped but have moved off the cap

See an interactive map of numbers of households capped at local authority level.

Find further breakdowns of benefit cap statistics in Stat-Xplore, our online tool for exploring some of DWP’s main statistics. Use Stat-Xplore to create your own tables and charts.

Find future benefit cap statistics release dates.

  1. Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2016

    • Official Statistics
  2. Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2016

    • Official Statistics
  3. Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2015

    • Official Statistics
  4. Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2015

    • Official Statistics
  5. Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2015

    • Official Statistics
  6. Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015

    • Official Statistics
  7. Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2014

    • Official Statistics
  8. Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2014

    • Official Statistics
  9. Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2014

    • Official Statistics
  10. Benefit cap: number of households capped to March 2014

    • Official Statistics
  11. Benefit cap: number of households capped to January 2014

    • Official Statistics
  12. Benefit cap: number of households capped to December 2013

    • Official Statistics
  13. Benefit cap: number of households capped to November 2013

    • Official Statistics
  14. Benefit cap: number of households capped to October 2013

    • Official Statistics
  15. Benefit cap: number of households capped to September 2013

    • Official Statistics
  16. Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2013

    • Official Statistics
  17. Benefit cap: number of households capped to July 2013

    • Official Statistics
  18. Benefit cap: number of households capped to June 2013

    • Official Statistics
  19. Benefit cap: number of households capped to May 2013

    • Official Statistics

Background information and methodology

  1. Benefit cap statistics: background information and methodology

    • Guidance