The Welfare Reform – How will it really effect households?

Estimates of the number of households in scope for the new benefit cap in 2016/17 by Local Authority

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill incorporates a number of policy changes designed to improve work incentives and enhance fairness, whilst ensuring support for the most vulnerable. One of the measures included is that from 2016/17, total household benefit payments for working-age claimants will be capped at new levels, so that workless households will no longer be entitled to receive more than £20,000 in benefit (£13,400 for single adults with no dependent children) outside of Greater London and £23,000 (£15,410 for single adults with no dependent children) in Greater London.

The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July 2015. The figures in their report presents ad hoc analysis on the estimated number of households in scope for the benefit cap in 2016/17, the new levels are expected to launch from autumn 2016 with rollout completed by 2017.

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/501084/benefit-cap-estimates-number-households-2016-17.pdf