Social Security Benefits: Scotland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) East Lothian constituency and (b) Scotland will have their benefits reduced as a result of the introduction of the benefit cap in April 2013.

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

The information is not available for East Lothian constituency.

Around 3,000 households in Scotland will have their benefit reduced to the cap level from April 2013.

The figure presented above is consistent with the impact assessment published on 23 January 2012, where the total number of affected households in Great Britain was estimated as 67,000. Following the concessions made in the House of Commons on 1 February, we estimate that the introduction of an exemption for those in receipt of the support component of employment support allowance and a grace period of 39 weeks for claimants who have been in employment for 52 weeks or more before leaving work will reduce the overall number of households affected in Great Britain to around 57,000.

This assumes that the situation of these households will go unchanged, and they will not take any steps to either work enough hours to qualify for working tax credit, renegotiate their rent in situ, or find alternative accommodation. In all cases the Department is working to support households through this transition, using existing provision through Jobcentre Plus and the Work programme to move as many into work as possible.

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