COVID-19 analysis for Southwark

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

  • There are 25.2k households in receipt of CTS in Southwark. Their hardship fund allocation of £3.5m covers the 16.4k working age households in the borough
  • The liability covered rises from 75.4% to 89.6%, with the working-age CT bill reduced by an average of £2.61/week
  • Following government guidance on the hardship fund uses up 64.1% of Southwark’s total allocation
  • This leaves £1.2m 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 £1,073,509 remaining


Potential funds left over

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

  • From the data available at the time of modelling, Southwark had a maximum CTS reduction level of 85.0% (85.0% for vulnerable groups). The borough had a CTS cohort of 25.2k, including 16.4k working age households. The total COVID-19 Hardship Fund allocation was £3.5m
  • Prior to the application of the hardship fund, Southwark had an average CT liability of £19.25/week, with the borough’s scheme covering an average of 75.4% of household liability

Benefit Cap

  • 220 households (and 663 children) in Southwark were affected by the benefit cap before the April 2020 COVID-19 changes according to our engine. This represents 0.2% of the total borough population, and 7.9% of the SHBE cohort
  • 151 additional households (290 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 68.6% in the number of capped households
  • The COVID-19 measures brought the total percentage of households capped in Southwark to 371, 0.3% of the total population (13.4% of the SHBE cohort)

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