Benefit capped households are set to double as a result of the interaction of the COVID-19 measures and the Benefit Cap. We examine why, for the GLA.
The interaction of COVID-19 measures and the Benefit Cap on low-income Londoners
Policy in Practice has been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to analyse the interaction between the COVID-19 increase in benefits introduced in April 2020 as part of the COVID-19 response and the benefit cap. Our findings show that benefit capped households are set to double. Welcome increases are hitting a static benefit cap yet thousands of households are missing out.
Impacts of the Benefit Cap
Giovanni Tonnutti of Policy in Practice presented to the Work and Pensions Committee on the impacts of the Benefit Cap. We also released a press statement that half of households are failing to escape the Benefit Cap. Our Low-Income Londoners study found that for every claimant who managed to move off the cap, there is more than one household who is stuck under the cap for six months or longer.
Benefit Cap white paper
Policy in Practice’s Benefit Cap White Paper details the approach pioneered by Lewisham Council to help their residents who are impacted by the Benefit Cap, illustrates how the approach is having a real impact on people’s lives, and shares key lessons for other local authorities.
With unprecedented schemes in place supporting at least 1 in 4 British workers, what might the future of social welfare look like?
Policy in Practice today gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee about the impact of the lower benefit cap. This post summarises some of the key points presented before MPs, based on our experience of supporting local welfare providers on the front line.
The Phase Two findings of our Low Income Londoners and welfare reform project looks at how the benefit cap affected Londoners.
Policy in Practice’s Daniel Cavanillas takes an in depth look at the DWP’s benefit cap impact assessment.