Crowdfunding: Floods

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether crowd funded donations to people affected by flooding as a result of Storm Dennis will be treated as exempted hardship payments in relation to benefits.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Across the range of income-related benefits, there are provisions to disregard payments received for the express purpose of effecting essential repairs to a home damaged by flooding, to make it habitable again, and intended to be used for that purpose. Monies raised though crowd funding have no impact on contributory benefits.

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