Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell UKIP, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will reduce the benefit cap further.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The level of the benefit cap was recently reviewed as part of the annual up-rating process and the level is not being changed for 2015/16. The rates of benefits and pensions for 2015/16, including the cap, were announced at the time of the Autumn Statement and can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/proposed-benefit-and-pension-rates-2015-to-2016.

The Government will continue to regularly review the level of the benefit cap and a future Conservative government would, as announced by the Chancellor at the 2014 Conservative Party conference, lower the cap to £23,000.

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