The Government’s benefit cap is fixing the welfare system in the South West

Research has previously shown that nearly half of people affected by the benefit cap planned to look for work. More than 12,000 households have now made the choice to move into work or stopped claiming Housing Benefit because of the benefit cap.

Under Labour, the welfare system didn’t reward hard work. It created a 'something for nothing' culture which trapped people in poverty.

That’s why we introduced the benefit cap, to build a welfare system that rewards the willingness to work and improves our community. Because of this cap, households are no longer able to claim more in benefits than the average family earns by going out to work.

Capping welfare is part of the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan to build an economy that delivers for hardworking people.

The Conservative Party plans to reduce the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 to fund three million apprenticeships by the end of the next Parliament, giving hundreds of thousands of young people the opportunity of a better, more secure future.