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Stafford families have benefits capped

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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MORE than 3,000 households across the West Midlands have had their benefits capped, including 11 in Stafford.

Fresh Government figures show 3,401 families in the West Midlands had their benefits capped, so they no longer get more in benefits than the equivalent of an average household income of £34,000 before tax.

In the Stafford area, 11 families had their benefits capped since the introduction of the cap in April 2013 and May 2014. This was on top of 17 in South Staffordshire, 41 in East Staffordshire, eight in Staffordshire Moorlands and 24 in Cannock Chase.

In Stafford, eight were capped up to £50 per week. Many of those households had children aged five or above depending on them.

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In May 2014, 13 households in Stafford had their benefits capped. Of those, five homes were capped to between £50.01 and £100 per week. Five families were single parents with a child and seven were couples with children.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Across the West Midlands, over 600 families where the benefit cap has been applied, someone has found a job, stopped claiming Housing Benefit or reduced their benefit claim.”

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, said: “By capping benefits we are putting a stop to these runaway benefit claims and returning fairness to the system.

"This Government is fixing the broken welfare system we inherited, ensuring that it always pays more to be in work, and thereby encouraging thousands of people to move off benefits and into jobs."

In total, more than 45,847 households across the country have had their benefits capped by May 2014.

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefits a household can receive to £26,000 a year or £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households, and £350 a week for households of a single adult with no children.

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