4 May 2017
At least 197,000 children have been hit by the new, lower benefit cap since it was introduced in November last year, The Children’s Society has found.

New government statistics published today, analysed by The Children’s Society, show a sharp increase in the number of households capped, 93 per cent of which are households with children. The charity has found that at least 420,000 children have been hit by the benefit cap since it was introduced in 2013. The cap was lowered from £26,000 nationally to £23,000 in London and £20,000 elsewhere in the UK in November 2016.

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said: “It is deeply worrying to see that hundreds of thousands of children have been hit by the new benefit cap, cutting the money needed to keep a roof over their heads.  

Our concern is that this will only worsen child poverty, which is already set to balloon to 5 million by the end of the decade. While we think it’s right that work pays, it is children who are bearing the brunt of the cap.”

Notes to editors:
  • DWP: Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2017. Numbers of children are for Great Britain only. At least 421,111 children have been capped.
  • 5 million children below the poverty line by 2020: IFS Projections of inequality, poverty and living standards
  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.