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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends that the proposed £26,000 benefit cap will be applied in combination with the 13- week rule applied to housing benefit claims.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

We are introducing a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can receive so households on out of work benefits will no longer receive more in benefit than the average weekly wage earned by working families.

On the cap’s introduction in 2013, we estimate it will be set at £500 per week for couple and single parent households and £350 per week for single adult households without children. This will apply to all new universal credit claims.

Exemptions from the application of the benefit cap will be set out in regulations following the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill.

We are currently looking at how universal credit could transitionally protect particularly hard cases.

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