To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average shortfall is between housing benefit and the rent of people affected by the benefit cap who are in receipt of (a) jobseekers allowance, (b) employment support allowance, (c) income support and (d) another benefit.
The information in the table shows average shortfall between housing benefit and the contractual rent of people affected by the benefit cap in May 2018.
a) Jobseeker's Allowance
We acknowledge there could be a potential rental shortfall due to various Welfare Reforms, for example:
These figures don’t isolate which deductions a benefit cap claimant has applied to their Housing Benefit. It should be noted however DHPs can be used by local authorities to mitigate rental shortfalls faced by claimants.