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Housing Benefit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of excluding from the amount liable for the total household benefit cap any amount of the universal credit paid in respect of a disability in each of the next five financial years.

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

We have announced that households which include a member who is entitled to disability living allowance or personal independence payment will be exempt from the cap.

The specific information requested, is not available as the estimated savings from the benefit cap in universal credit will depend upon final detailed design issues regarding the treatment of in-work households.

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