Terms of reference
Who should be subject to the benefit cap?
Does the benefit cap encourage people to find work?
Is the benefit cap fair?
Impact on people who can’t escape the cap
Universal Credit claimants
Universal Credit assessment periods
Discretionary Housing Payments as a safety net
Discretionary Housing Payments: funding for local authorities
History of the cap
Who was affected?
Who is affected?
Applying the cap
Housing Benefit vs UC
2 Does the benefit cap incentivise work?
Benefit cap as a work incentive
Disproportionate impact on certain groups
Conditionality: Benefit system vs benefit cap
Barriers to moving into work
Department’s rationale for capping households not subject to conditionality
Other ways to escape the cap
Negotiating a cheaper rent
Taking in a lodger
Have capped claimants moved into work?
Do people move into work because of the cap?
The Department’s representation of the cap’s effectiveness
3 Is the benefit cap fair?
Fairness in the existing benefit system
Interaction with the two-child limit
Impact on claimants unable to escape the cap
Impact on children
Monitoring the impact of the cap
Reassessing the cap limits
Department’s rationale for capping households in temporary accommodation
Direct rent payments
UC assessment periods
4 Financial savings
How much has it saved?
Full picture of savings
Additional costs to local authorities
Conclusions and recommendations
Published written evidence
List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament
Published: 12 March 2019