Households affected by the household benefit cap

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Dear Melton 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

Reception, Melton Borough Council

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Melton Borough Council

Our Ref: 731638

Directline: 01664 502 502

Email: [1][Melton Borough Council request email] 

Date: 07/02/2017

Ms Jenny Pennington,
 

Dear Ms Pennington,

Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 dated 07/02/2017. We can confirm receipt of your
request and we will be issuing a response within 20 working days.

In the meantime, if I can be of any further assistance then please do not
hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Linda Burn,
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07/02/2017      CRM Ref 731638

Please be aware that a Freedom of Information request has been received
from the below customer:

Name:

Ms Jenny Pennington 

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The customer  is requesting the following information:

From: Jenny Pennington
[[4]mailto:[FOI #388215 email]]
Sent: 07 February 2017 14:23
To: Reception
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Households affected by the
household benefit cap

Dear Melton 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).

Total capped claims = 35

• 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 reduction £50.39 per week (3 households £100 pw week or
more)        

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.

0 (none)

• The average reduction in these households' benefit award.

N/A

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

Attached.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jenny Pennington
  

This was received on the 07/02/2017 and should be answered within 20
working days. 

The deadline for this Freedom of Information is 07/03/2017.

Note this is a Routine request.

Please send your response to this request to [5][email address

Regards,

CRM

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