Social Security Benefits: Children

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of the number of households with children subject to the benefit cap; and what assessment she has made of the correlation between that cap and levels of rent arrears among those families.

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

As published in August here, there are 132,900 households with children that had their benefits capped at May 2020. No assessment has been made of the level of rent arrears among these households. Claimants can approach their Local Authority for a Discretionary Housing Payment if they need additional support to meet rental costs.

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