COVID-19 analysis for Barking and Dagenham

Policy in Practice recently completed reports for the Greater London Authority on The impact of the COVID-19 Hardship Fund on low-income Londoners and The interaction of COVID-19 measures and the Benefit Cap on low-income Londoners. Findings from the latter report were covered in The Observer.

Here are extracts of this analysis that relate specifically to your council.

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Research findings at a glance

  • Barking and Dagenham were allocated £2.2m for 15.5k households in receipt of CTS, 10.4k were of working age.
  • The liability covered rises from 65.5% to 79.4%, with the CT bill reduced by an average of £2.88/week.
  • Following government guidance on the hardship fund uses up 70.1% of Barking and Dagenham’s total allocation.
  • This leaves £662.7k for the borough to use as a discretionary pot, funding that could potentially be better targeted using LIFT.
  • Taking into account the expected increase in caseload, however, we predict you will have -£738,018 remaining


Potential funds left over

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

  • From the data available at the time of modelling, Barking and Dagenham had a maximum CTS reduction level of 75.0% (75.0% for vulnerable groups). The borough had a CTS cohort of 15.5k, including 10.4k working age households. The total COVID-19 Hardship Fund allocation was £2.2m.
  • Prior to the application of the hardship fund, Barking and Dagenham had an average CT liability of £21.85/week, with the borough’s scheme covering an average of 65.5% of household liability.

Benefit Cap

  • 236 households (and 767 children) in Barking and Dagenham are currently affected by the benefit cap according to our engine. This represents 0.3% of the total borough population, and 8.% of the SHBE cohort
  • 137 additional households (270 additional children) are projected to become affected by the benefit cap as a result of the new COVID-19 measures. This represents an increase of 58.1% in the number of capped households.
  • The COVID-19 measures will bring the total percentage of households capped in Barking and Dagenham to 373, 0.5% of the total population (12.7% of the SHBE cohort”)

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