- 68,000 homes have been subject to the new benefits cap, according to the DWP
- Households can only claim handouts of £20,000 in Britain or £23,000 in London
- The tougher cap was introduced in a bid to tackle UK’s ballooning benefits bill
Some 68,000 households have had their benefits capped – ensuring those who rely on welfare hand-outs do not rake in more than hardworking families.
The government has imposed tougher restrictions on the payments in an effort to curb welfare dependency and tackle the ballooning benefits bill hardworking taypayers are dumped with.
Under new limits, households cannot receive more than £20,000 in benefits a year – the equivalent of earning £26,000 before tax – or £23,000 if they live in London.
And figures released today by the Department for Work and Pensions show that an extra 52,000 households are now subject to the cap – bringing the total up to 68,000.
While Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke credited the policy with helping to encourage thousands of people into finding work.
Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, pictured heading into No10 for a Cabinet meeting last month, said it is right that people on state hand out make the same tough decisions as those in work
He said that 34,000 households previously subject to the cap having returned to work since it was introduced in April 2013.
The Tory government set about reducing the cap after winning the 2015 election, with David Cameron warning that ‘welfare is a safety net for those in hard times, not a lifestyle choice’.