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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL4636, tabled on 11 January 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families with three or more children have been affected by the benefit cap in each month since April 2017; how many children were included in each affected family; how many families were (1) lone parent families or (2) two-parent families; and how many of those families had one or more parents in work.

Answered on

23 January 2018

The table below shows the number of households with three or more children that had their Housing Benefit capped at each month since April 2017 by family type and number of children, for lone parent families and two-parent families.

The information requested on the number of families with three or more children that have been affected by the benefit cap in each month since April 2017 with one or more parents in work is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Households receiving Universal Credit with earning of £520 a month and households receiving Working Tax Credit are exempt from the benefit cap. At August 2017 38,795 households that had previously had their Housing Benefit capped and were no longer capped had an open Working Tax Credit claim, indicating that they had moved into work.

Number of households with three or more children that had their Housing Benefit capped at each month since April 2017 by family type and number of children

April 2017

Family Type

Couple with child dependant(s)

Single with child dependant(s)

Total

-

Number of Children

-

3 dependants

5,987

21,349

27,335

-

4 dependants

3,614

11,752

15,368

-

5 dependants

1,543

3,463

5,008

-

More than 5 dependants

639

1,024

1,663

-

Total

11,789

37,592

49,378

May 2017

Family Type

Couple with child dependant(s)

Single with child dependant(s)

Total

-

Number of Children

-

3 dependants

6,251

21,539

27,793

-

4 dependants

3,742

12,100

15,840

-

5 dependants

1,590

3,550

5,142

-

More than 5 dependants

677

1,045

1,721

-

Total

12,255

38,238

50,501

June 2017

Family Type

Couple with child dependant(s)

Single with child dependant(s)

Total

-

Number of Children

-

3 dependants

6,233

21,958

28,192

-

4 dependants

3,704

12,068

15,773

-

5 dependants

1,607

3,595

5,198

-

More than 5 dependants

681

1,058

1,739

-

Total

12,224

38,676

50,898

July 2017

Family Type

Couple with child dependant(s)

Single with child dependant(s)

Total

-

Number of Children

-

3 dependants

6,149

22,466

28,610

-

4 dependants

3,575

12,045

15,628

-

5 dependants

1,581

3,529

5,108

-

More than 5 dependants

651

1,043

1,693

-

Total

11,959

39,086

51,046

August 2017

Family Type

Couple with child dependant(s)

Single with child dependant(s)

Total

-

Number of Children

-

3 dependants

5,948

22,439

28,384

-

4 dependants

3,522

11,848

15,370

-

5 dependants

1,572

3,472

5,043

-

More than 5 dependants

639

1,051

1,697

-

Total

11,677

38,812

50,485

-

INFO

Statistical disclosure control has been applied to these tables to avoid the release of confidential data. Totals may not sum due to the disclosure control applied.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions