Benefit Cap Dashboard

Latest data upto February 2017 by DWP

Overview
This interactive visualisation shows statistics relating to the Benefit Cap. Data for the visualisation is drawn from our published Data Tables.

The data provided covers the period from the introduction of the Benefit Cap in April 2013 to February 2017. These statistics have been developed in accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice and supporting Principles.

The charts on the "Dashboard" tab are responsive to the selections you make, so offer a new way to explore DWP's Benefit Cap data. The full report and supplementary documents are still available as in previous quarters.
What is the Benefit Cap?
The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get.

The cap applies to the combined income from benefits including:
  • the main out-of-work benefits (Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, and Employment and Support Allowance except when the Support Component is in payment);
  • Housing Benefit;
  • Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit;
  • other benefits such as Incapacity Benefit and Bereavement Allowance.

For most capped households the benefit cap is applied by reducing the amount of Housing Benefit (HB) they receive, so their total benefits no longer add up to more than the cap level.

You can find more information about the Benefit Cap here.