Benefit Caps

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that 47 per cent of households affected by the benefit cap (so far) live in London. Are you monitoring the impact of these benefit changes, and what is your assessment of the slow allocation by some London boroughs of government funding to mitigate the impact of welfare reforms?


Answer for Benefit Caps

Answer for Benefit Caps

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are a range of organisations monitoring the impacts of welfare reform and so, rather than duplicating GLA resources on further monitoring, I am keeping a close eye on this work. The second part of your question seems to refer to the allocation of Discretionary Housing Payments. I secured large increases in funding, providing an additional £25 million for London boroughs in 2012/13. It is up to local authorities to develop criteria for allocating their budgets in ways that best meet local needs.