Fighting the benefit cap: a case study

Westminster city hallJane is a single mother who lives with her 21 year old autistic son, Harry.  Although Jane is Harry’s registered carer and he is in receipt of a range of disability benefits, because the housing benefit claim is in her name, Jane is nonetheless affected by the £500 per week benefit cap.

This has seen Jane’s housing benefit reduced by over £100 per week, which has jeopardised both of their accommodation.  We assisted Jane to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP), which was successful, but Westminster have made this conditional on her contributing £20 per week from Harry’s disability benefits.  We are currently helping Jane to challenge this by way of internal review, but are also looking into more permanent solutions. Continue reading

Case Study: the double impact LHA Caps & the Benefit Cap


Welfare Reform LogoLesley was affected by the Housing Benefit Caps in December 2012, and her landlord agreed to reduce her rent from £750 to £600 per week on the condition that she received a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to cover the remaining shortfall.  Once the rent reduction had been negotiated, Westminster agreed to pay £260 on top of her £340 Housing Benefit from December 2012 to July 2013.  Lesley approached our service in June because she was very concerned about what would happen when the DHP expired, and also because she had been contacted by the DWP to advise her that she would be affected by the new £500 per week Benefit Cap soon.

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