The South East London borough is set to be one of the hardest hit of London’s boroughs as a result of the welfare reforms. With over 10,000 Housing Allowance claimants the average loss of £1,992 per year is set to have large social repercussions and the one one percent uprating will see all of Lewisham’s 44,000 claimants lose on average £351.
Ethnic makeup: 66% white, 24% black, 4% mixed race, 4% Asian, 2% chinese and other.
Child Poverty: 55%
Households that claim benefits: 44,511
How Lewisham’s welfare losses compare to the rest of England (out of 325 English local authorities)
….16th when it comes to average loss per claimant household
….31st when it comes to average loss to “bedroom taxed” households
….15th when it comes to average loss to local housing allowance households
… Lewisham claimant households will lose the 21st highest amount as a result of the 1% uprating
…and how much is the the average household set to gain from the Universal Credit scheme
Go here and click on impact modelling tool for a full rundown of how Welfare Reforms will affect Lewisham
(Source: Local Government Association and Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion http://www.local.gov.uk/publications/-/journal_content/56/10180/4098780/PUBLICATION)
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