Housing Benefit: Scotland

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been affected by the revised benefit cap in each local authority area in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

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

The number of households affected by the benefit cap by each Local Authority area in Scotland is published and can be found at:

https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk

Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:

https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html

The latest available data shows the number of households capped at November 2016. The changes in cap levels were rolled-out across Local Authorities from 7 November 2016 to 20 January 2017. Due to this phased implementation of the new levels, and the way in which monthly data on capped households is returned to DWP over a four week rolling period, the main impact of these changes will not be seen in the Benefit Cap Official Statistics until May 2017, when data to February 2017 will first be published.

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