Children: Poverty

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) disabled children and (b) children defined as living in poverty living in households whose income is subject to the benefits cap.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information is as follows:

(a) Households who are in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP) are exempt from the benefit cap. This includes those that receive this benefit for dependent disabled children. Therefore no dependant disabled children as defined by DLA or PIP rules live in households affected by the benefit cap.

(b) It is not possible to provide this information due to insufficient sample size.

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