Estimated Number of Households for the new Benefit Cap in 2016/17

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill incorporates a number of policy changes designed to improve work incentives. One of the measures included is that from 2016/17, total household benefits payments for working-age claimants will be capped at new levels, so that workless households will no longer be entitled to receive more than £20,000 in benefits (£13,400 for single adults with no dependent children) outside of Greater London.

In February, the Government produced a report which gives an ad hoc analysis of the estimated number of households in scope for the benefit cap in 2016/17 by Local Authority once the new cap levels have been rolled out.

You can read the categories of the estimated average number of households, in the absence of behavioural response to the cap, in detail in a set of tables here.