The benefit cap came into effect across four London boroughs this week. Some two and a half thousand families across Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey will be affected. It will apply across the country from June 15. A row has erupted over this controversial policy, and the impact it is likely to have.
The Lewisham Process
– contact households, check if they are exempt and what additional support they need.
– illustrate to them the impact of the benefit changes using the benefit cap calculator and engage the family in the job search process.
– create and enforce a client led action plan, using behavioural principles, to maximise the chances of the household finding work.
There is a valid point being made by both sides, Jonathan’s point is about the proper use of statistics, while the DWP are trying to highlight all of the support that is going to supporting people into work. Policy in Practice has seen (and supported) first hand the work by local authorities, Jobcentre’s and their partners. The early results from these efforts seem to support the DWPs interpretation – I hope the numbers to support this are made publicly available as early as possible.
The great news is that Lewisham are evaluating the benefit cap project, so the numbers that show the impact is is having should become available and both sides of the argument should be happy.