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Hundreds of Huddersfield households hit by benefits cap

New rules strip cash from single parents and families

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Hundreds of Huddersfield households have lost cash to the new benefits cap.

The cap was introduced last year to limit claims to no more than £26,000 a year in welfare payments.

Figures reveal 272 household were subjected to the cap between April 2013 and March 2014.

The biggest losses saw some households hit by cuts of £100 to £150 per week.

Overall 147 households lost up to £50 per week, 93 lost £50 to £100 and 33 lost £100 to £150.

Figures show 186 of the households who lost money had five or more children, 70 had four children and 17 had three children.

Almost half those affected were single parents (123).

At the beginning of April 183 households were capped, indicating that almost 90 households had found employment.

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