Social Security Benefits: Children

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Government plans to exclude children's benefits including child benefit and the child element of universal credit from the scope of the benefit cap.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The exclusion of child related benefits would undermine one of the key drivers for introducing the benefit cap that ultimately, there has to be a limit to the overall amount of financial support that households in receipt of out of work benefits can expect to receive in welfare payments. Child related benefits including Child Benefit, like other welfare benefits, are provided by the state and funded by tax payers. The Government believes it is right that it is taken into account along with other state benefits when applying the cap.

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