Are children being affected by the benefit cap?
Reading DWP’s press release on their latest benefit cap statistics, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is not a policy which is hitting family incomes. The statement informs readers that:
over 1,200 single people without children were capped.
Given that the vast majority of people whose housing benefit and tax credit entitlements subject them to the cap have large families, this outcome seems a little odd.
But all is explained if you delve a little deeper into the figures, which show that 10,426 couples with children were capped, along with 16,755 single parents. This means that of the 28,434 households capped so far, 96% have children. How strange that this statistic was not featured more prominently in the press pack.