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The government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can receive so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer receive more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.
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.
This publication provides statistics on the engagement activity that Jobcentre Plus undertakes with claimants who may be affected by the benefit cap. These statistics cover activity for the whole of Great Britain for each month from 25 May 2012 to 8 November 2013 and are broken down by the cumulative number of claimants: