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Residents warned of benefit cuts

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20 October 2016

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Residents are being advised to take sensible steps to make sure they keep up their rent payments when Government benefit cap changes come into force next month.

Residents are being advised to take sensible steps to make sure they keep up their rent payments when Government benefit cap changes come into force next month.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, Arts & Culture, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said: "Further reductions in Government benefits are on the way. The maximum amount of benefits that some residents receive is due to drop significantly on 7 November, and I am urging people who are affected to take steps to ensure they have enough money to pay their bills – especially their rent.

"The Government is reducing the total amount of weekly benefit that unemployed people can claim to £442.31 for a family and £296.35 for single people. You may be affected if your living money and housing benefit added together is higher than this weekly total.

"The money will be taken from the housing benefit payments and anyone affected by the coming changes will have already been written to by The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in order to explain how their Housing Benefit payments may change."

"It is vitally important to open letters sent from the benefit agency, not just ignore them.

"Those already affected by the cap will see their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit drop with immediate effect on November 7, while those who are affected for the first time will see reductions in their Housing Benefit from 9 January 2017.

"This is going to have a significant impact of a number of people and it is really important that residents approach changes to their benefits the right way.

"Enfield Council wants to make sure that everyone can continue to pay their rent and it is absolutely critical that people do not get evicted because of rent arrears, as the Council may not be able to help.

"We strongly recommend those at risk of not being able to pay their rent try to increase the number of hours they work, apply for all of the benefits they are entitled to, and seek advice regarding money and debt management as a matter of urgency."