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Benefits 'capped' for more than 100 Cornish households

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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MORE than 100 households in Cornwall had their benefits 'capped' under a government clampdown.

New figures show that almost 33,000 households in Britain had their benefits capped by November 2013, including 1,353 in the South West, with 117 in Cornwall, one of three council areas most affected in the region.

The Department for Work and Pensions said imposing the limits so households can no longer get more in benefits than the average family earns was "a key part of the Government's long-term economic plan to make sure we deliver for hardworking people and fix the broken welfare system".

Statistics released today, dating back to November show that 59 per cent of households hit by the cap had between one and four children while 39 per cent had five or more and 59 per cent were lone parents.


Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, said: "It is not right that some families on benefits were receiving amounts of money that hardworking taxpayers could only dream of and our welfare reforms are working to fix the system. By exempting people who are receiving working tax credit, the benefit cap is increasing incentives to move into work."

The policy was implemented nationally in the autumn. Local authorities continued to cap claimants after the roll-out, drawing on new data which highlighted other households whose benefit income rose above average household earnings. The cap limits welfare hand-outs to £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households.

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