Shortly before the summer Budget and the announcement of the
reduction of the Benefit Cap from £26,000 to £20,000 (£23,000 in
London) the House of Commons Library produced a briefing paper for
MPs setting out the background, rationale and numbers and
characteristics of affected households. It also includes the
reaction and comment on the policy and proposals for further
reductions in the cap threshold.
A commitment to reduce the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 was
included in the Conservative Party's 2015 Election Manifesto but as
we now know the Chancellor announced that the cap threshold outside
London is to be reduced to £20,000.
ARCH members may find this House of Commons Briefing Paper a
useful reference document and background context when considering
the local impact of the announcements in the Summer Budget of
further reductions in the Benefit Cap.
for the briefing paper.