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Households Affected by the Benefit Cap

03 May 2018

In February 2018 the number of Households affected by the Benefit Cap across Northamptonshire stood at 543, a figure which has been decreasing over the last two quarters following the national pattern.

The number of new households hit by the benefit cap in the twelve months to the end of February 2018 has shown a sharp decrease, as it is now over a year since the new financial criteria for capping households came into force.

The estimated number of children living in households affected by the benefit cap now stands at 1904 countywide, down from a high of 2230 in February 2017 when the new criteria hit the quarterly stats. 48.3% of these children live in Northampton.

78.8% of the county's households affected by the benefit cap are single parent households. This compares to the national average of 72.9%. This proportion ranges from 100% in South Northamptonshire and 95.7% in Daventry down to 68.1% and 68.0% in Kettering and East Northamptonshire respectively.

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