Figure 4 presents a summary of Hackney Council’s analysis in 2016 of the cumulative local impact of welfare reforms. Some of the headline findings include:
- 375 households already affected by the benefit cap will see their income reduce by another £52 per week by 2017, and a further 1,100 families and 1,400 single people will also be subject to the cap
- around a quarter of unemployed young people (under the age of 21) will be affected by changes to JSA and Housing Benefit eligibility rules, with concerns raised about the knock on-effects of overcrowding and homelessness
- while it is not possible to accurately reflect the full impact of Universal Credit locally, over 30,000 households will be affected (some of whom could be ‘digitally excluded’ by the requirement to make and manage their claim online)
- over 40,000 will be affected by the freezing of working-age adult benefits.
A similar analysis has not been undertaken for the City of London.
Source: Hackney Council Policy Team
The total number of benefit claimants and those claiming JSA and ESA in Hackney and the City of London is shown in Table 1.
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Source: ONS Labour market statistics