[Repost] The ‘disabled’ are exempt from the benefit cap? Not even Severe Disablement Allowance exempts
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“Universal Impacts Couple with 2 children will receive at most £132.58 pw / £574 pcm in housing benefit; Lone parent with 3 children will receive at most £107.30 pw / £464 pcm in housing benefit; A couple with 3 children will receive £63.44 pw / £274 pcm in housing benefit; Lone parent with 4 children will receive £41.14 pw / £178 pcm in housing benefit; A couple with 4 children will receive zero in housing benefit;
The overall benefit cap reduces housing benefit first and that is how it works. THEN, but only then it reduces other social security benefits. The couple with 4 children will have all of their housing benefit removed and lose £1.72 per week in other benefits. The lone parent 5 child household will lose all housing benefit and then a further £27.01 per week and the couple with 5 children will lose all housing benefit and a further £68.87 per week”
“These families will then need to pay the difference between the rent level and the amount they receive as the maximum in housing benefit from other benefit income. Welfare benefit levels are the minimum needed to live on and these levels were set before any notion of an overall cap on total benefit was ever discussed.”
“It is inevitable given the figures above that tenant households with 3 or more children will be evicted and made homeless even if they live in the cheapest form of rented housing which is council housing.Currently the often labelled pernicious bedroom tax averages £15.05 per week or £65 per month and £783 per year for comparison purposes and those much lower levels of housing benefit reduction is seeing tenants unable to afford and being evicted and homeless.”
It seems needless to say, but the government policy on benefits is nothing more than them kicking down on the segments of the working class they reckon can’t fight back at the moment. The time has come to show our support in any way we can with those being hit, as an injury to one is an injury to all.