Single mums hit hardest by benefit cap

New DWP figures show single mums make up 85% of all households whose incomes have been limited by the policy.


Government figures revealed by Labour show that 134,044 households have so far had their support limited by the DWP under the policy – with single mothers most heavily affected.

The benefit cap, which limits the total amount households can receive in benefits to £20,000 a year, or £23,000 in Greater London, was pitched as an “incentive” to persuade unemployed people to get back into employment.

It has been highly criticised since its introduction, with it being said to force many people into poverty, resulting in social cleansing as rent in inner-city areas continues to rise.

The latest figures also show that 120,297 single claimant women had their benefits capped, compared with just 13,743 single claimant men over the same period, with most of those women having dependent children.

Addressing the recent figure release, shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood said single mothers were being “pushed” into poverty by the benefit cap.

“The Conservatives have pushed ahead with their austerity agenda with scant regard for the impact on low-income families,” she said.

“Labour will build a social security system that is there for any of us in our time of need.”