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, with reference to his Department's statistical release entitled Benefit cap: number of households capped to February 2015, published on 14 May 2015, what information his Department holds on the reasons why 23,100 households are subject to the cap.

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

The number of households subject to the benefit cap as at February 2015 reflect those households claiming benefits above the cap threshold for their household type and for whom an exemption does not apply.

Published official statistics show the make-up of these households in terms of household type, capped amount and by number of children together with the reasons for why households are no longer capped. These statistics are available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/benefit-cap-statistics

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