Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to page two of the Impact Assessment for the Benefit Cap published on 20 July 2015, how many and what proportion of those affected by the lower cap on the day of its introduction will experience a cash loss.

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

The information requested is not available. This is because, as set out in the Impact Assessment of the behavioural effects of the cap; all households who move into work will be unaffected by the changes. Additionally, for many people who will be affected by the cap, these reductions are notional changes in entitlement rather than actual cash losses i.e. those who become capped once the policy is in place will not see a reduction in their benefit, just a lower maximum limit on the benefit they would otherwise have been entitled to.

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