Bishop of Durham asks Government about families affected by two-child limit on welfare benefits

On 25th July 2018 the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Paul Butler, received three written answers to questions about families affected by the two-child limit on benefit claims:

The Lord Bishop of Durham: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, of the 70,620 households affected, and not in receipt of an exception, what are the number of households with (1) 3 dependent children, (2) 4 dependent children, and (3) 5 or more dependent children.

Lord Bates: The information requested in respect of Child Tax Credit is set out in the attached table.


The Lord Bishop of Durham:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, what was the total number of children affected over the period covered by these statistics, excluding households in receipt of an exception.

Lord Bates: The information requested in respect of Child Tax Credit is set out in the attached table.


 

The Lord Bishop of Durham:  To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statistics related to the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children published on 28 June by HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, what was the average reduction in awards for households affected during the period covered by these statistics, excluding households in receipt of an exception.

 Lord Bates: No household saw a cash reduction in their award as a result of the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children for the period covered by these statistics.