Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many benefit claimants have moved into work after being subject to the welfare cap in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

At August 2014 (the latest published data) 9,624 households who had previously been capped were exempt from the benefit cap due to an open Working Tax Credit claim. This is 40% of those no longer subject to the cap at August 2014. The actual number of households who have gone into work may be higher as some individuals may go into work but may not be eligible to claim Working Tax Credits due to their earnings being too high or the hours worked not meeting the eligibility requirements.

Data for August 2014 is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-cap-number-of-households-capped-to-august-2014

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