8,400 households have been affected by benefit caps
- 04 Oct
The cap on the total amount of benefits a non-working household can receive has affected 8,400 household since its release date in April.
The gap was introduced by the government in April this year and means that no household can receive more than £500 a week in benefits. The Department for Work and Pensions says that 77% of people affected have lost up to £100 a week and over half of the households had between one and four children.
The figures are only representative of those first affected by the cap and do not cover the whole country. The ten week roll-out was completed last week.
The DWP have said that the full figures of those affected will not be ready for "probably another couple of month" reports the BBC.
Previously the DWP have said that 40,000 household will eventually be hit.
The cap takes money from housing benefit and the limit is based on adding up welfare payments such as JSA and child benefit.
For single adults the cap is £350 a week.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, said: "Benefits should be a safety net - but not something that gives claimants an income out of reach of many hard-working families.
"We have now successfully delivered a cap on benefits so that out-of-work households know they can no longer claim more than the average family earns and we have returned fairness to the benefits system."
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