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    From April 2013 and August 2014, 51,200 households had their housing benefit capped, reveals the Department for Work and Pensions. By August 2014 this number had dropped to 27,200 households. 40% of households no longer subjected to the cap are exempt with an open Working Tax Credit, reports Inside Housing.

    The statistics also revealed that 46% of benefit capped households were in London and of the top 20 local authorities with the highest number of capped household only two were out of London.

    It also showed that 80% of the households were capped by £100 or less a week in August.

    Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, said: “The benefit cap has had a real impact in changing attitudes and behaviours. By putting an end to runaway benefit claims, and introducing a system which guarantees you will always be better off in work, we are incentivising people to move into employment. Every month hundreds of people affected by the cap are moving into jobs and gaining financial security. That’s real people turning their lives and the prospects of their families around. It is a proud record of this government’s long-term economic plan – one that we are determined to see through.”

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    November 10, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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