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.
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|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||900||900||—|
|East of England||1,300||1,400||100|
The figures presented above are consistent with the recent impact assessment published on
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.