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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 169043, tabled on 3 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an exemption from the benefit cap for people that cannot actively seek work.

Answered on

7 September 2018

There are already a number of exemptions from the Benefit Cap including for those who are receiving many disability benefits as well as Carer’s Allowance. In addition, support is available via Discretionary Housing Payments to support those whose specific circumstances make it harder for them to move into work. We are undertaking an evaluation of the cap and we will consider the findings in due course.