Understanding the jump in families affected by the benefit cap | CPAG

Understanding the jump in families affected by the benefit cap

Post date: 
22 June 2021

Today, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the latest statistics on the number of households affected by the benefit cap in February 2021. This briefing summarises those statistics, explains how the benefit cap works and provides examples of how it affects real families using evidence from our Early Warning System. 

The data out today shows that, in February 2021, when there was a nationwide lockdown, 200,000 families were subject to the benefit cap – 24,000 higher than three months earlier and 122,000 higher than the previous year.