Social Security Benefits
Work and Pensions
Michael Dugher (Barnsley East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working-age households in (a) Barnsley East constituency and (b) Barnsley Metropolitan Borough were in receipt of benefits that totalled more than his proposed benefit cap under the provisions of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, excluding those households which are exempted, in the latest period for which figures are available.
Chris Grayling (Minister of State (Employment), Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)
Based on the latest data available, it is estimated that fewer than 100 households were in receipt of benefits that totalled more than the proposed benefit cap in the Metropolitan borough of Barnsley.
The figures presented above are consistent with the recent impact assessment published on the
It is important to note that these estimates were produced before the additional easements announced on the 1st February which included the exemption of households who were in receipt of the support component of employment and support allowance and a nine-month grace period for claimants who were in work for 52-weeks or more before the start of their claim. This means that these figures are subject to change.