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Over 68,000 Households Currently Hit By Benefit Cap, Latest Government Statistics Show

Published on 03 August 2017

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by Shelter UK



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New government figures on the benefit cap released today show:

  • 68,079 households are currently hit by the government’s benefit cap – that’s three times higher than the same time last year
  • 16,960 lone parent families with a child aged under two are affected
  • Almost half of households (33,025) lose more than £2600 a year

Anne Baxendale, director of communications, policy and campaigns at Shelter, said: “Every day at Shelter we speak to families who tell us the benefit cap is pushing them to the brink of homelessness.

“Many desperately want to work but simply can't make up the required hours each week due to childcare issues or insecure work like zero hours contracts.

“The high court recently ruled that the cap discriminates against lone parents with children under two, and we’re disappointed to see the government appealing against a judgement that found these cuts unlawful. Instead, the government must scrap the cap immediately, before it pushes even more families towards losing the roof over their heads.”


Shelter helps over three million people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness, and campaigns to prevent it in the first place. We’re here so no-one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. Visit www.shelter.org.uk for more information.


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Posted 2017-08-03 10:31:00