Welfare Reforms – further information from the Debt Strand at The Crossway

Benefit Cap A benefit cap is to be introduced for all appropriate households by September 2013.

The cap can be summarised:
• Limits benefit payments to a household to no more than average household earnings (£26,000 pa – equivalent to a gross salary of £35,000 pa). The cap excludes one-off payments and non-cash benefits.
The limit is set at

£500 per week for couples (with or without children)
£500 per week for single parents with children who live with them
£350 per week for single adults with no children.

• Exemptions for households include recipients of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit, War Widows, War Widowers, Working Tax Credit and for those in the ESA Support Group.
The cap will be achieved by reducing Housing Benefit payments.

Further information can be found on the web site www.gov.uk/benefit-cap
As always the devil is in the detail and the gov.uk web page doesn’t cover the situation fully. For further information go to the CAB web site www.adviceguide.org.uk/benefits and then search for benefit cap.

For more information about the Debt Strand telephone The Crossway on 0121 426 0071 or email Michael Waters at The Crossway.

17th Jul 2013 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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