Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th December 2012.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households who will be affected by the household benefit cap in April 2013; and how many are in (a) social housing, (b) temporary and emergency accommodation and (c) private tenancies (i) nationally and (ii) in each region.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The following table shows the breakdown of those estimated to be affected by the benefit cap in April 2013.

  Social rented sector Private rented sector Temporary accommodation
North East 500 500
North West 1,400 1,600
Yorkshire and the Humber 900 900
East Midlands 800 700
West Midlands 1,600 1,300 100
East of England 1,300 1,400 100
London 10,500 13,700 4,600
South East 1,700 2,600 200
South West 900 1,000 100
Wales 700 500
Scotland 1,300 700 400
National 21,500 24,900 5,500

The figures presented above are consistent with the recent impact assessment published on 16 July 2012. To note these will not sum to total number of households due to some tenure information missing in the data and to rounding. Temporary accommodation is known to have issues in recording accuracy; therefore the figures presented are subject to an amount of uncertainty.

In making these estimates we assume 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. Therefore, please note that these figures are subject to change prior to the policy being implemented in April 2013.

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