Benefit Cap

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th March 2017.

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Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South 12:00 am, 27th March 2017

What assessment he has made of whether the benefit cap encourages people into work.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The evaluation of the previous cap speaks for itself: capped households were 41% more likely to move into work than similar uncapped households, contributing to the record levels of employment we see today. Since 2013, over 26,000 previously capped households have moved into work.

Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South

Can my hon. Friend give me some examples of how the benefit cap is working in my constituency?

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In Northampton South, of 110 house- holds capped since April 2013, 90 are no longer capped. Of those, about 48%—40 households—have moved into work, demonstrating that my hon. Friend’s constituency is outperforming the national average.