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Social Security Benefits: Newcastle

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people his Department's modelling has indicated will be made homeless in Newcastle as a result of the total benefit cap.

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

The benefit cap will mean that people on benefit will face choices about housing costs similar to those faced by people in work. But it will not necessarily mean that they will need to move from their home. Even within the limits of this cap, households will still be able to receive significant amounts of financial assistance from state welfare payments and if a member of the household moves into work and becomes eligible for working tax credit they will be exempt from the impacts of the cap.

There is a range of help local authorities can offer to households who are struggling to meet their rent, including the provision of discretionary housing payments. We have already made an additional £190 million available over the spending review period for this purpose as a result of the changes we have made to housing benefit.

The Government's estimate of the number of people who will be presenting as homeless as a result of the overall benefit cap is as contained in the Department's Impact Assessment. The information requested is available only at Great Britain level. The Impact Assessment can be found via the following link:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/household-benefit-cap-wr2011-ia.pdf

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