The Benefit Cap will be introduced in Bromley from April 2013 (the scheme goes nationwide from the end of September 2013) and will put a limit on household incomes of people aged 16-64 of £500 a week for couples and lone parents, and £350 a week for single adults.
This limit applies to the combined household income from the main out of work benefits (including Carer’s Allowance), plus Housing Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit.
A household is defined as an individual, their partner, and any children they are responsible for and who live with them.
At first, Housing Benefit will be reduced to bring people’s incomes in line with the Benefit Cap, and other benefits may have to be used to meet the shortfall in rent, or people may choose to move to a cheaper property.
Households where someone is receiving Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or the support component of Employment and Support Allownace will not be affceted. Nor will households where someone is entitled to ( but not necessarily receiving) Working Tax Credit.
For more information call the DWP Benefit Cap helpline on 0845 6057064 or visit www.gov.uk/benefit-cap