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Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 133840, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many welfare claimants have seen their benefit cap grace period come to an end since March 2020.

Answered on

11 January 2021

Information relating to the total number of welfare claimants whose benefit cap grace period has ended since March 2020 is not available.

A benefit cap grace period is applied irrespective of whether or not the household has sufficient benefit income to be in scope for the cap. This ensures that a claimant will benefit from the grace period exemption should any change of circumstances bring them into the scope of the cap during that period. Many claimants who have the grace period applied will not be in scope of the cap when the grace period ends.

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