Social Security Benefits: Private Rented Housing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps the Government is taking to support claimants who are subject to the benefits cap and who are defaulting on private rental costs.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The benefit cap provides a strong work incentive and fairness for hard-working taxpaying households and encourages people to move into work, where possible. Households can still receive benefits up to the equivalent salary of £24,000, or £28,000 in London.

Claimants that need additional support to meet rental costs can approach their Local Authority for a Discretionary Housing Payment. Since 2011, the Government has provided almost £1.5 billion in Discretionary Housing Payments to local authorities.

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