Benefit Cap Comes Into Force Next Week

Next week  a cap on benefits will see many families and single people struggle to have a roof over their heads let alone a meal at tea time.


The cap from Nov 7 will be:

  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re in a couple, whether your children live with you or not
  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re single and your children live with you
  • £257.69 per week (£13,400 a year) if you’re single and you don’t have children, or your children don’t live with you

If you are on any of these benefits below you will be affected by the change:

  • Universal Credit 
  • JSA
  • Income Support
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • ESA Work Related Component
  • Carers Allowance
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance 

If you get Universal Credit and have had a work capability assessment done and found not fit to work you are exempt from the cuts.

Fortunately the government was not that cruel and made a list of exemptions which are:

  • ESA Support Component
  • Attendance Allowance
  • DLA
  • War Pensions
  • Armed Forces Benefits
  • PIP
  • War Widows or War widower’s Pensions

So if you get any of these benefits you do not have to worry about the cap as it does not apply to you.

These cuts come at the wrong time for many families and single people who are already struggling, many of which were counting the pennies on what they was going to do for christmas, now these plans may well be shelved leaving many kids here in Trafford with no christmas and likely no home either.

We think the reduction is way to much and needs to be changed, it tells us how out of touch the government is on what is going on in our communities and to apply this cut just before christmas is nothing but cruel.

On the other hand we are also understanding of why they have made the cuts, since people on benefits should not be getting more than those who work, fair enough! but the reality is ‘they was not getting more than people in work’ more so those outside London.

Those not exempt from the cap will now have to find a way of paying for some off the housing benefit, those on Universal Credit which in itself is a draconian will suffer the most, we think those on ESA work related group should be exempt since many of them have serious mental health issues, I would ask them all as soon as they can to try to get themselves on the support group.

If you have mental illness or know someone with a condition in Trafford and in the Work Related Group you need to speak with Trafford Mental Health Advocacy Service HERE

For more information on the benefit cap click HERE


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