COVID-19 analysis for Brent Council

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.

Contact us to discuss these findings via hello@policyinpractice.co.uk or 0330 088 9242.

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Research findings at a glance

  • There are 27.1k households in receipt of CTS in Brent. Their hardship fund allocation of £3.9m covers the 18.0k working age households in the borough
  • The liability covered rises from 78.2% to 86.3%, with the working-age CT bill reduced by an average of £1.83/week
  • Following government guidance on the hardship fund uses up 43.4% of Brent’s total allocation
  • This leaves £2.2m for the borough to use 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 £2,002,341 remaining

 £2.2m

Potential funds left over

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

  • From the data available at the time of modelling, Brent had a maximum CTS reduction level of 100.0% (100.0% for vulnerable groups). The borough had a CTS cohort of 27.1k, including 18.0k working age households. The total COVID-19 Hardship Fund allocation was £3.9m
  • Prior to the application of the hardship fund, Brent had an average CT liability of £23.88/week, with the borough’s scheme covering an average of 78.2% of household liability

Benefit Cap

  • 719 households (and 813 children) in Brent were affected by the benefit cap before the April 2020 COVID-19 changes according to our engine. This represents 0.7% of the total borough population, and 14.8% of the SHBE cohort
  • 931 additional households (632 additional children) were projected to become affected by the benefit cap as a result of the new COVID-19 measures. This represented an increase of 129.5% in the number of capped households
  • The COVID-19 measures brought the total percentage of households capped in Brent to 1,650, 1.5% of the total population (34.1% of the SHBE cohort)

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