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Benefits cap UK roll out

The Government's controversial household benefit cap is beginning today across the country. The cap limits payments to £500 per week for a couple and lone parents and £350 per week for single adults.

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40,000 households could be hit by benefits cap

An estimated 40,000 households could be hit by the new £500 a week benefits cap which will be rolled out by the Government today.

Households could lose up to £90 a week under the new proposals which is expected to save £275 million a year from the welfare bill.

National implementation will begin in July, with the policy fully in force by the end of September.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said:

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.

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