Households affected by the household benefit cap

Jenny Pennington made this Freedom of Information request to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am a researcher at the housing charity Shelter. We are seeking to understand the impact of the household benefit cap on local authorities in England. We would be incredibly grateful for your help.

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

1. Please provide the most recent data available for your local authority:

All households
• The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in your area. (Please include both households who were already subject to the previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by the lowered cap).

• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the number of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week.

Homeless households in temporary accommodation
• The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority in temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the Household Benefit Cap.

• The average reduction in these households’ benefit award.

2. If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap in your local authority, please provide this document.

Many thanks - I look forward to receiving your reply in the next 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Pennington

FOI, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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RE: - Request For Information

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.
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Stacey Dempsey

Information Governance Unit
Customers & ICT
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Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

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Helen Bellis, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Jenny

 

Please find the Council’s response to your request:

 

1. Please provide the most recent data available for your local authority:

 

All households

•The number of households who have their benefits reduced by the Household
Benefit Cap introduced by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in your
area. (Please include both households who were already subject to the
previous benefit cap of £26,000/£18,200, and those newly affected by the
lowered cap).

 

As of Monday 6^th February 2017 there are 279 households in Rochdale
affected by the benefit cap.

 

•The average reduction in these households’ benefit award, and the number
of these households who have a reduction of £100 or more a week.

 

Average deduction in benefits per week: £53.89

 

Number of households who’s benefits have been reduced by £100 or more per
week: 34

 

Homeless households in temporary accommodation

•The number of homeless households accommodated by your authority in
temporary accommodation who have their benefits reduced by the Household
Benefit Cap.

 

5 families.

 

•The average reduction in these households’ benefit award.

 

£138 a week.

 

2. If you have carried out an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap
in your local authority, please provide this document.

 

The Council has not carried out an impact assessment of the benefit cap
being lowered.

 

 

We feel that we have fulfilled your Freedom of Information request.
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Information Governance Unit

Floor 2

Number One Riverside

Smith Street

Rochdale

OL16 1XU

 

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We hope you find the information provided useful and if you have any
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Regards

 

 

Helen Bellis

Housing Access Officer

Highways, Property & Strategic Housing

 

 

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