Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry has welcomed new statistics that show 1,607 households in the North West have had their benefits capped in line with average earnings since April.
The new figures show that 19,000 households have had their benefits capped nationally. This is because of the Government’s Benefit Cap, which stops people getting more in benefits than the average family earns by going out to work.
The official figures show that without the Benefit Cap some people would be still getting the equivalent of almost a £70,000 salary each year.
“People in Rossendale and Darwen are always telling me it’s not fair that some people get more in benefits than the average working family earns.
“These changes will put a stop to that.
“Thanks to the Benefit Cap, 1,607 households in the North West are no longer able to claim more in benefits than the average family earns by going out to work.”