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Social Security Benefits

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th September 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 if he will estimate the number of additional households that would be affected by the benefit cap if that cap were reduced to £20,000 per annum.

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

It is estimated that reducing the cap to £20,000 for couples and lone parents would increase the number of households impacted by an additional 115,000 in 2013-14. The cap level for single households with no children is kept constant at £350 per week.

This estimate is consistent with the data used in a recent ad-hoc publication to estimate the number of households affected by the benefit cap. This can be found at:

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