Cap protests target politicians

Protest group UK Uncut claimed hundreds of people attended demonstrations over the "bedroom tax" and benefits cap at Lord Freud’s home and 20 disabled activists are staging a protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s country home in Buckinghamshire.

Benefit cap is 'strong incentive for people to work'

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that the benefit cap has already pushed more people in to work before it starts in four London boroughs on Monday.

The benefit cap sets a clear limit for how much support the welfare state will provide – the average wage for working households.

But it's also a strong incentive for people to move into work and even before the cap comes in we are seeing thousands of people seeking help and moving off benefits.

We have a very clear message: we will provide support to those who need it, but the days of outrageous claims giving people incomes far above those of working families are over.

– Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary for Work and Pensions

Benefit cap will affect '40,000 households nationally'

The benefit cap, which will limit the amount claimants can receive will affect 40,000 households when it is rolled out nationally according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Benefit cap will affect 40,000 households across the UK.
Benefit cap will affect 40,000 households across the UK. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA

Initial forecasts last summer estimated the number of households that would have their benefits capped at £500 a week, or £350 for single people, were 56,000.

The cap will be piloted in four London boroughs on Monday before being rolled out nationally on 15th July.

Read more: What is the benefit cap?

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