Benefits cap has been started in Portsmouth

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CAPS on benefits are now being rolled out in Portsmouth.

The government’s benefit cap, which limits the amount of benefits people can claim to a maximum of £500 a week, is now being introduced to the city.

The Department for Work and Pensions says this means around 200 claimants could have their benefits restricted.

Anna Marshall, from Portsmouth’s Jobcentre Plus, said: ‘We’ve been speaking to people over the last year to give them extra help to get into work.

‘We are providing tailored support to help people move into work and the vast majority are keen to get into work and are enthusiastic about the help they are getting.’

The cap is set at £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households.

There is a lower cap of £350 for single people.