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British Social Attitudes

Evaluation of the Lower Tiered Benefit Cap

How has the new benefit cap affected your local services and capped residents? We would like to speak to Local Authorities and organisations that provide advice and support to local communities to find out how the cap has affected the work you do and local residents.

The Benefit Cap was one of a number of policies introduced by the government as part of its strategy to reform the benefit system for working age people. Intended to encourage people to find work, the Benefit Cap limits the amount of benefits a household can receive.

From November 2016, the benefit cap for unemployed people of working age was lowered. New levels were introduced, depending on location (in or out of London) and whether people had children or not.

We have been commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to evaluate the most recent cap, to see how well these changes to the Benefit Cap are working.

We are inviting people working at a range of Local Authorities and local advice and support organisations to take part in a research interview.  We would like to find out about your experience of the introduction of the most recent Benefit Cap and the impacts it may have had on the services you deliver and the people affected by the cap.