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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 where someone has left work due to (a) redundancy or illness and (b) reasons relating to the care of a child in each of the next five financial years.

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

The information requested is not available.

The costing model used to estimate the effects of the benefit cap is based on data from the 2008-09 Family Resources Survey (FRS). The FRS does not record information on whether an out-of-work member of a household left work due to redundancy or illness or for other reasons relating to the care of a child.

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