Official Statistics

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2013

Number of households capped across phased area local authorities from April 2013 to August 2013.


Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2013

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The government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can get so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.

The benefit cap applied from 15 April 2013 in the 4 phased area local authorities of Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. Remaining local authorities applied the cap between 15 July 2013 and the end of September 2013.

This publication shows the number of households capped across Great Britain from the start of implementation to August 2013. The statistics are also broken down by:

  • amount capped (£ per week)
  • number of children in household
  • household type
Published 3 October 2013