Alert Briefing: New benefit cap statistics show numbers rising

By: Jenny Pennington, Charlie Trew and Stephanie Kleynhans  Published: December 2020


On Thursday 26 November, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released their new benefit cap statistics. We have analysed these numbers to show how the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a huge rise in benefit capped households; with the figures showing us that there has been an increase of 116% since February.

The amount of money households that are benefit capped lose each week is £57 on average. This is the same amount of money an average family spends on food and non-alcoholic drink every week, which demonstrates how damaging the benefit cap can be for families. 

An urgent suspension of the benefit cap is required.


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