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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

New figures demonstrate 'profound impact' of lower benefit cap says CIH


Responding to figures released today from the Department for Work and Pensions on the number of households affected by the benefit cap to August 2018, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: "Today’s figures show that the lower benefit cap is having a profound impact on people’s lives.

"It is punishing the people who will find it most difficult to escape by finding work, like single parents with very young children and people who aren’t able to work. Seven out of 10 households who had their housing benefit capped are single-parent families, and three quarters of those have a child under five. Another 14 per cent are receiving employment and support allowance, meaning they’re not currently fit for work.

"More than 40 per cent of the households affected are losing more than £50 a week, which means that thousands of families are facing a daily struggle – some even going without food or heating so they can pay for their housing, or falling behind with their rent and being put at risk of homelessness. We know that homelessness has jumped by more than 40 per cent since 2009 – we believe the government must scrap the reduced cap or risk making things even worse."

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