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Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th June 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 what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the public purse of exempting from the total household benefit cap households that would be worse off in work once child-care costs are taken into consideration in each of the next five financial years.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The total amount of child-care costs depends on individual families' circumstances and therefore we are unable to make an accurate assessment of the proportion of households affected by the benefit cap that would be worse off in work.

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