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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 184858, tabled on 29 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish the updated research into the effect of the lower benefit cap; and if she will place a copy of the brief for this work in the Library.

Answered on

6 November 2018

The Department is currently undertaking an evaluation of the lower, tiered benefit cap. It has commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to carry out research through a quantitative longitudinal survey of capped households under Housing Benefit and Universal Credit, and qualitative case studies of local authorities. This research is being undertaken alongside in-house DWP analysis of capped households, which will be peer reviewed by the IFS.

The Department expects to publish the full findings by the spring 2019; the published report will be available on