Bishop of Durham asks Government about impact of benefit cap on larger families

Durham161117On the 23rd January 2018 the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler received a written answer to a question about the impact of the benefit cap on larger families:

The Lord Bishop of Durham: 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. [HL4636]

Baroness Buscombe: 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
 

Apr-17

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-17

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
 

Jun-17

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
 

Jul-17

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
 

Aug-17

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

(Via Parliament.UK)