The Work and Pensions Select Committee re-opened its inquiry into the lower benefit cap this year. CPAG submitted evidence on the impacts of the lower cap, drawing on analysis of government statistics and cases from our Early Warning System. Following this written submission we were invited to give oral evidence to the committee to highlight our serious concerns about this policy and the hardship it is causing families.
Following the inquiry, the committee has recommended that nobody who is not subject to work-related requirements (for example because they have young children or are unwell) should have the benefit cap applied. The benefit cap is having very damaging effects on families and mainly affects single parents with young children.
You can submit evidence to our Early Warning System on the impact of the benefit cap and other changes to social security here.