Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th September 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit benefit caps on people who are in receipt of statutory sick pay.

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

The benefit cap will not apply if total household earnings, which include Statutory Sick Pay, in each assessment period are at least £604 and households may be exempt for a period of nine-months if they have a sustained work history.

Claimants can approach their local authority for a Discretionary Housing Payment if they need additional support to meet rental costs.

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