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To cap it all: understanding the reach and impact of the benefit cap

Thursday 26 November 2020, 1.00PM to 2.30pm GMT

Speaker(s): Katie Razzall (Chair), Aurora (Covid Realities project participant), Dr Aaron Reeves (University of Oxford), Dr Kitty Stewart (LSE), Deven Ghelani (Policy in Practice), Claire Hall (Child Poverty Action Group), Professor Donald Hirsch (Loughborough University)

This webinar coincides with the release of official statistics on the number of households affected by the benefit cap between May and August 2020, so we will discuss these. We already know that the number of households hit by the cap almost doubled between February and May to 154,000, showing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

You'll hear from: 

  • Aurora (Covid Realities) - sharing her experiences of the benefit cap
  • Dr Aaron Reeves (University of Oxford) and Dr Kitty Stewart (LSE) - on the 'welfare reform and larger families' study, and the links between the benefit cap and mental health 
  • Deven Ghelani (director, Policy in Practice) - on the impact of the benefit cap through the use of administrative data
  • Claire Hall (lawyer, CPAG) - on CPAG's legal challenge to the benefit cap
  • Prof Donald Hirsch (Loughborough University) - on the growing bite of the benefit cap

The webinar will be chaired by Katie RazzallUK editor, BBC Newsnight.

Presentations will be kept short to allow time for your questions and discussion.  

You can register for the webinar here or contact with any questions. 

This webinar is organised by Child Poverty Action Group, the universities of Oxford, York and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is part of the 'welfare reform and larger families' research project kindly funded by the Nuffield Foundation. 

Location: Online meeting - please register above

Admission: Free