Work and Pensions Committee inquiry: Benefit Cap

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?

Find out more about the inquiry.