The Work and Pensions Committee are relaunching an inquiry into the Benefit cap, in August 2018.
The deadline for written submissions is 10 September 2018.
The benefit cap aims to:
- Secure the economic well-being of the country by reducing spending on benefits and encouraging positive behavioural changes
- Impose a reasonable limit on the total amount which a household can receive in welfare benefits to promote a fair and healthy society and maintain public confidence in the welfare system; and
- Incentivise work to reduce poverty and increase economic prosperity.
The Committee invites evidence in this re-opened inquiry, on any or all of the following points:
- How have claimants responded to the lower benefit cap?
- What difficulties are claimants experiencing in adjusting to the cap?
- What is the effect on claimants who are not subject to jobsearch conditionality in the benefits they claim?
- What are the cap’s knock-on effects on other public spending, such as local authority expenditure?
- What are the consequences for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) and what impact does the use of DHPs have on behavioural change?
- To what extent is the benefit cap achieving its aims and what steps could be taken to improve this?