A benefit cap limits the amount one household can claim in welfare. If it was applied in NZ it would mean a household might not automatically receive extra money if more children are added to a benefit. Or extra accommodation supplement might not be available if the family had already reached the maximum or cap.
However the cap is fairly generous.
The same amounts are proposed for Northern Ireland.
How much is the benefit cap?The level of the cap is:
This may mean the amount you get for certain benefits will go down to make sure that the total amount you get isn’t more than the cap level.
- £500 a week for couples (with or without children living with them)
- £500 a week for single parents whose children live with them
- £350 a week for single adults who don’t have children, or whose children don’t live with them
The cap doesn't apply to people who are working and receiving assistance though.
In November 2014 the Express reported:
MORE than 50,000 workless families have had their benefits cut because they were getting more from the state than the average worker brings home, official figures revealed yesterday.And to prove that the Government’s radical reforms are working some 12,000 of them have been spurred into finding jobs.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said it showed the “staggering” positive impact of the decision to cap benefits for most unemployed households.
The cap applies even in the most expensive-to-live areas like London.
Meanwhile the pressure is on here to lift benefit incomes to accommodate high rents.