Benefit payments cap trial starts in London

The government's huge shake-up of the benefits system came into effect for a trial run today.

The controversial "benefits cap", in which families can receive no more than £500 a week in state handouts, is being piloted in four London boroughs ahead of its national launch.

The Government say it is an incentive to work, but critics claim it will penalise families in need.

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has more:

Read more: What is the benefits cap?

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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.