More about the benefit cap

The DWP has released a breakdown by area explaining who it has written to about the benefit cap.  (I had put in a freedom of information request for this, but this is a general release, made before I received a reply.)  There have been nearly 89,000 letters, of which nearly half were to people living in London.  Half the total (just over 45,000) rent privately.   13,000 have no children.   This may seem to suggest a much higher figure than the previous ones – 67,000, 56,000 and 40,000 – but what it doesn’t tell us is how many of these people were in any case in temporary circumstances which have changed.   Two-thirds of jobseekers are out of work for less than six months.

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