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Social Security Benefits

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL14822, tabled on 26 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families are subject to the benefit cap.

Answered on

4 April 2019

Households can have their benefits capped either under Housing Benefit, or under Universal Credit, and the latest statistics were published in February 2019, covering households capped to November 2018.

Point-in-time caseload: Number of households capped by family type at November 2018, GB

Total

Single, no child dependant

Single, with child dependant(s)

Couple, no child dependant

Couple, with child dependant(s)

Housing Benefit

52,650

3,540

38,850

40

10,210

Universal Credit

9,810

1,600

5,920

..

2,290

Data Sources: DWP 100% Single Housing Benefit Extract and DWP Universal Credit Official Statistics Database

Table Notes:

  1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers less than 10 have been replaced with '..'
  2. Figures include households that have had their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit full service capped. Universal Credit full service is available to all claimant types but only in certain areas of the country at November 2018.
  3. Figures for Universal Credit may be revised in future publications, as Universal Credit awards may be retrospectively revised.

The Housing Benefit caseload data is taken from DWP Stat-Xplore, whilst the Universal Credit caseload data is taken from the official statistics caseload tables, published on 7th Feb 2019.