By Daniel Hunter

The vast majority (70%) of the public think people affected by the benefit cap should be prepared to find jobs or work more hours and two-thirds (65%) say they should be willing to move to a cheaper property.

Independent research published today (10 October 2013) shows that 60% support the cap even if it means that those affected have to take a job, regardless of the pay.

The Ipsos MORI report shows public attitudes towards the benefit cap and is published following the completion of its national rollout last month.

The Ipsos MORI report finds:

- around three-quarters of the public support the benefit cap in principle
- 58% think that politicians needed to do more to reduce the welfare bill
- 50% think that benefits are too generous
- 11% think the benefits system is working effectively

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said: "This report makes it clear that the public support setting a limit on benefits and the successful delivery of the benefit cap shows we are committed to returning fairness to the welfare state.

"Claimants affected by the cap need to make decisions about work and housing and what they can afford, just as hardworking families do.

"We have made sure the support is there to help people back into work and the benefit cap and Universal Credit will ensure that work pays."

The benefit cap limits are set at £500 a week for couples, with or without children, and lone parent households, and at £350 a week for households of a single adult with no children. The cap is in place nationwide for existing appropriate claimants and all new claims are subject to the cap.

Since claimants were first notified of the benefit cap in April 2012, Jobcentre Plus have helped around 16,500 potentially capped claimants into work.

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