Scrap the Cap Campaign

Scrap the Cap: a campaign to end the benefit cap


About the campaign

We all want to live in a society where everyone has enough to live a decent and fulfilling life. But people impacted by the benefit cap are currently held back from this.

The Scrap the Cap campaign will call on the UK Government to remove the benefit cap, which places a limit on the total amount of benefit payments a person or family can receive. We believe that it is wrong, in principle, to sever the link between the support a person needs and the level of support they receive.

This is because any level of support that is below what a person has been assessed to need will, necessarily, be insufficient to lead a healthy, happy, and dignified life. Further, the way the benefit cap is designed means that those who require the highest level of support from the benefit system are the most likely to be affected. This is simply unjust.

If the campaign is successful and the cap was lifted, it would mean the British social security system would no longer arbitrarily cut the amount of benefit payments that households – which are among the most disadvantaged in the country – are entitled to in order to fulfil policy goals that are divorced from the needs and welfare of those directly impacted by the policy.

Let’s #MeetTheNeed and #ScrapTheCap!

Campaign news

Read our campaign briefing here.

Learn more about the benefit cap and its effects in our campaign pack here.

In the media: Share the Daily Record article.

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Show your support on social media

Help us build a powerful campaign by posting your support on social media. Download all our campaign graphics and template tweets here. Please tag us by using @PovertyAlliance and use #ScrapTheCap and #MeetTheNeed.

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