Work and Pensions Committee

Benefit cap inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee invites written submissions addressing the following points:

  • The cap is intended to incentivise behavioural change amongst claimants and secure savings for the Exchequer. To what extent is it achieving that?
  • To what extent has claimant behaviour responded to the cap, through moving into work, moving house etc? What effect does the lower cap have on incentives, what are the barriers to behavioural change and how can they be overcome?  
  • Does the cap address high underlying rates of housing benefit and child benefit in a fair way?
  • What are the consequential costs of the cap for other public spending, such as that by local authorities?

 

Read the full terms of reference: Benefit cap

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