To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families of (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3, (d) 4, (e) 5, (f) 6, (g) 7, (h) 8, (i) 9 and (j) 10 people will be affected by the £26,000 cap on benefits.
The following table sets out estimates of the number of households affected by the benefit cap broken down by number of people in the family unit/household.
|Number of households affected|
|Number of people in the family|
There may be some households who may be affected by the cap who have more than 10 people.
The figures presented in the table are consistent with the recent Impact Assessment published on
It is assumed that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find alternative accommodation. In all cases the Department is working to support households through this transition, using existing provision through Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme to move as many into work as possible.