The benefit cap places a limit on the total amount of benefits that out of work households can receive. It is set at:
- £500 a week for couples (with or without children living with them) and lone parents whose children live with them
- £350 a week for single adults who don’t have children, or whose children don’t live with them.
The cap was introduced in a phased roll-out from April 2013.
For this research, Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,200 claimants who were affected by the cap. They conducted interviews by phone between 7 and 26 February 2014.
The survey forms part of DWP’s evaluation of the benefit cap.