Households affected by the household benefit cap

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Dear South Staffordshire District 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

External Email for Freedom Of Information, South Staffordshire District Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Your email will be
forwarded to the relevant department(s) who will respond to you in due
course.

Kettles, Michelle, South Staffordshire District Council

Please find information below as requested;

 

 

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).

 

We had 7 cases affected by old Cap and 51 affected by the reduced 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 reduction is £105.93, 39 claimants have a reduced Housing Benefit
award of more than £100

 

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.

 

We have no capped cases in temporary accommodation.

 

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

 

We do not have an assessment of the impact of lowering the cap

Regards

Michelle Kettles Tec IRRV

Benefit Manager
Revenues & Benefits
South Staffordshire Council

Tel: 01902 696471

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