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Hundreds in Newham back in work after benefits cap introduced

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 August 2016

The figures show Newham households moving back into work     Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images

The figures show Newham households moving back into work Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Images

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Hundreds of people have moved into work after having their benefits capped, the government has said.

New figures show 623 households in Newham entered employment after the maximum yearly payment was set at £26,000 in April 2013.

The Department for Work and Pensions numbers also reveal 58 per cent of Newham residents who had their benefits capped moved into work following the introduction.

Damian Green, secretary of state for the ministry, said: “We are committed to tackling the problems of welfare dependency head on and helping more people gain the security and dignity of work.”

The data is revealed ahead of a new cap on benefits, which comes into force on November 7 and lowers the maximum to £23,000 a year for Londoners.


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