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DWP says 'no plans' to change benefit cap

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed it will make no changes to the benefit cap, despite pressure from Social Security Advisory Committee. 

In a letter, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, sets out her response to points from the SSAC in relation to the benefit cap and other responses from the DWP to Covid-19.

On the benefit cap, Coffey says that they will not change the benefit cap as there are "a range of exemptions for when the cap will not be applied".

Another point from the letter was on Shared Accommodation Rate. Once again the response came back that the DWP had "no plans to suspend" the rate, adding that if individuals needed more support, they could get it from Discretionary Housing Payments. 

Coffey also set out in the letter that she was not willing to "increase Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Support" as these benefits were increased by 1. 7% in April 2020 following the Government's announcement to end the benefit freeze.

She added: "It has always been the case that claimants on legacy benefits can make a claim for UC if they believe that they will be better off. There are special arrangements for those in receipt of the Severe Disability Premium, who will be able to make a new claim to Universal Credit from January 2021."