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Social Security Benefits: Greater London

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Westminster North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants affected by the lower benefit cap in (a) Westminster City Council and (b) the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) employment and support allowance and (iii) income support.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information is provided in the table below.

Estimated breakdown of households affected by the lower cap levels by benefit receipt, 2016/17, GB

Benefit Received

Proportion of Capped Households

Westminster City Council

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Employment and Support Allowance

34%

31%

Income Support

25%

27%

Jobseeker's Allowance

28%

27%

Other

13%

15%

Total

100%

100%

Notes:

  1. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
  2. Estimates assume no behavioural responses - any behavioural responses to the lower cap, such as claimants moving into employment, would cause the number of households affected to reduce and may change the proportional split.
  3. The methodology used to estimate the households affected by the cap is consistent with that described in the latest impact assessment published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/welfare-reform-and-work-act-impact-assessment-for-the-benefit-cap

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