Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th May 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of households in each local authority area in London whose weekly income will be reduced by (a) less than £20, (b) between £20 and £39.99, (c) between £40 and £59.99, (d) between £60 and £79.99, (e) between £80 and £99.99 and (f) over £100 through the introduction of the benefit cap.

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

The following table shows for how many households in each local authority area in London, the weekly reduction in benefit will be (a) less than £20, (b) between £20 and £39.99, (c) between £40 and £59.99, (d) between £60 and £79.99, (e) between £80 and £99.99 and (f) over £100 through the introduction of the benefit cap.

  Number of households by effect of cap (£ per week reduction in benefit)  
Local authority Less than £20 Between £20 to £39.99 Between £40 to £59.99 Between £60 to £79.99 Between £80 to £99.99 £100+ Total number households capped
Barking and Dagenham 200 200 700
Barnet 200 100 300 800
Bexley 200
Brent 500 100 100 200 900 2,000
Bromley 300
Camden 200 200 600
City of London
Croydon 200 200 100 200 800
Ealing 200 100 200 100 500 1300
Enfield 300 200 100 200 200 600 1600
Greenwich 100 400
Hackney 200 100 200 800
Hammersmith and Fulham 100 300 600
Haringey 100 100 100 100 300 900
Harrow 200 600
Havering 300
Hillingdon 100 200 500
Hounslow 200 500
Islington 200 200 600
Kensington and Chelsea 100 200 600
Kingston upon Thames 100
Lambeth 200 500
Lewisham 100 100 100 200 600
Merton 200
Newham 200 100 200 100 100 400 1,100
Redbridge 200 100 200 700
Richmond upon Thames
Southwark 400
Sutton 200
Tower Hamlets 300 200 200 100 500 1,300
Waltham Forest 100 100 200 600
Wandsworth 200 300 700
Westminster 300 100 600 1,300
Notes: 1. This table relates to local authorities in Great Britain where at least one household is estimated to be capped in the year 2013-14, when the benefit cap is implemented. 2. The figures relate to the numbers estimated to be impacted at a point in time during 2013-14.

Please note that household numbers are rounded to the nearest 100. Areas with fewer than 100 households affected are denoted by “—”, as additional disclosure control has been applied to these areas. For this reason, figures will not sum to the total number of households affected as estimated in an ad-hoc statistics release in April 2013.

The benefit cap is being applied through a phased roll-out which commenced on 15 April 2013 in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. It will be introduced at a national level from 15 July 2013. The figures in the table for Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey are estimates only of the number of households who may be affected in the year 2013-14.

Also, these estimates 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.

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