Social Security Benefits: Lone Parents

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Hugh Gaffney Hugh Gaffney Labour, Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the benefit cap on single parent households with dependent children in Scotland.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The table below shows the number of households in Scotland that have had their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit capped between the introduction of cap and May 2019 (‘cumulative caseload’), and latest capped caseload in May 2019 (‘point in time caseload’), for all capped households and lone parents.

Benefit cap caseload in Scotland

Housing Benefit

Universal Credit

Total

Lone parents

Total

Lone parents

Cumulative capped caseload (up to May 2016)

12,500

6,200

1,100

600

% of which are lone parents

-

50%

-

53%

Point-in-time capped caseload (May 2019)

2,700

1,800

600

400

% of which are lone parents

-

67%

-

64%

Source: DWP benefit cap official statistics up to May 2019, August 2019 publication

Notes:

1) All figures are rounded to the nearest 100 households.

2) Lone parents are defined are single person households with dependent children.

3) For Housing Benefit claimants, the cumulative capped caseload is the number of households that have had their Housing Benefit capped between the introduction of the benefit cap on 15 April 2013 to May 2019.

4) For Universal Credit claimants, the cumulative capped caseload is the number of households that had their Universal Credit capped between October 2016 and May 2019. Universal Credit benefit cap data is only available from October 2016 onwards.

The average weekly cap amount under Housing Benefit for lone parents in Scotland in May 2019 was £60, compared to an average of £55 for all households in Great Britain. We do not currently publish the average cap amount for Universal Credit capped households, by family type, but are planning to publish this information for the first time on the DWP Stat-Xplore portal during the w/c 9th September.

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