What is the Benefit Cap?

As part of the Government’s plan to reform welfare benefits, the Benefit Cap will put a limit to the total amount an individual or family can claim in respect of Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits to name but a few. In accordance with the new rules, the total amount of benefits that a single person can claim will be limited to £350 per week and the total amount of benefits that single parents (or couples) with children can claim will be limited to £500 per week. Housing Benefit will also be taken into account and it is likely that this will be reduced in order to comply with the new rules.

It is anticipated that some 56,000 households in the UK will be affected by the Benefit Cap with an average reduction of £93 per week per household. It is feared that many households will struggle to maintain their current rent payments and will fall into arrears leading to possible eviction proceedings.

When is the Benefit Cap being introduced?

The Benefit Cap is due to be rolled out in stages from April 2013 onwards with Lincolnshire likely to be affected from July 2013.

What can we do to help?

Although Ringrose Law are unable to offer advice in respect of welfare benefits and debt management we will be more than happy to refer you to a local agency that can assist and you may be eligible for Legal Aid if you face losing your home, we can help you with this.

For further information and advice on the Benefit Cap, please feel free to contact a member of the Housing Department.

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