Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate how many people who are not subject to the work-search requirements as set out in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 have been affected by the benefit cap since April 2013.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate how many jobseeker's allowance claimants who fulfil all the work-search requirements as set out in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and have never been subject to sanctions have been affected by the benefit cap since April 2013.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Labour, Islington South and Finsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households which include a claimant who is in receipt of (a) employment support allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) severe disablement allowance that have been affected by the benefit cap since April 2013.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

Official statistics on the composition of benefits claimed by households subject to the benefit cap are not available.

A suite of evaluation was published on 15 December 2014. This evaluation made estimates of the proportion of capped households in scope for the cap who were in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or other benefit types over time. The evaluation uses a different methodology to the Official Statistics and does not provide a cumulative count of numbers which is in line with Official Statistics. In July 2014 (the most recent data used in the evaluation), estimates found 23 per cent of capped claimants were in receipt of ESA; 45 per cent of capped claimants were in receipt of IS; and 9 per cent were in receipt of another benefit type.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-cap-evaluation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-cap-review-of-the-first-year

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