The DWP has released new benefit cap affected estimates today which beggar belief. Not only have they said households affected will be 88,000 which is 27% lower than their risible May 2016 scan figure of 120,000, the DWP maintain the average amount of HB cut by the cap falling by £115.38 per week will be £49 per week when now it is £57 per week.
Note that in February 2016 the DWP estimated between 94,000 and 176,000 would be affected so this new estimate is a full 50% lower than it was in February 2016.
Note too that when I discussed the risible DWP scan actual figures they gave to Leeds Council here just 3 weeks ago of 1,409 households affected now become just 1,100 and a reduction of 22%!
Also note the impact assessment released today of which these figures are part is based on the HB actual figures at November 2015 and some 6 months earlier than the actual scan figure they took in May 2016!
What planet are you on DWP and especially Lord Freud who has signed off this heap of bovine faeces?
I do love the choice of wording the DWP use in rationalising the average HB cut – which will be at least £76 per household by the way – as they say on page 2 and I quote:
“For many people who will be affected by the cap these reductions are notional changes in entitlement rather than actual cash losses i.e. those who become capped once the policy is in place haven’t seen any reductions in benefit, just a lower maximum limit on the benefit they would, otherwise, have been entitled to.”
I can just see tenants now saying the same to their landlords when they seek possession for arrears can’t you? Oh and to the judge too at possession hearings!
I will no doubt be reporting on this in much more detail over the next few days as there are 18 pages of pure unadulterated bullshit that the above quote epitomises as well as 9 pages of tables with these new (ahem) estimates for every local authority which you can access here
One quick point that struck me was the claimed savings of £155 million in the next full financial year of 2017/18.
- £155 million per year is £2.9726 million per week (using 365/7)
- £2.9726 million per week for the 88,000 total affected is an average weekly cut of £33.78 per household per week. If it is 107,000 households affected which DWP also say then the weekly HB cut is £27.78 per household!
- Yet the DWP say it will be £49 per week? Eh!!