Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2013, Official Report, column 560W, on Social Security Benefits: Greater London, how many children are domiciled in those households affected by the benefit cap in the London borough of (a) Bromley, (b) Croydon, (c) Enfield and (d) Haringey.

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

The following table shows the number of children domiciled in those households affected by the benefit cap in (i) Bromley, (ii) Croydon, (iii) Enfield and (iv) Haringey.

Local authority Number of children
Bromley 1,100
Croydon 2,900
Enfield 6,000
Haringey 3,500
Total 13,500

The figures presented above are consistent with the impact assessment published on 16 July 2012. The figures in the table 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. The Department is identifying and writing to all the households who are likely to be affected by the cap and we are offering advice and support through Jobcentre Plus, including, where appropriate, early access to the Work programme before the cap is introduced in April 2013.

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