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The ‘disabled’ are exempt from the benefit cap? Not even Severe Disablement Allowance exempts

July 6, 2015

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  1. July 6, 2015 1:17 pm

    Why would a couple with 2 children receive MORE than a couple with 3 or 4 children? At worst, they should be the same.

  2. July 6, 2015 1:26 pm

    As it stands, children of either gender can share a bedroom up to the age of 10 years. After that, children of different genders are entitled to separate bedrooms:


    i) Girl, 10 and boy, 8 are entitled to a bedroom each, plus parents = HB for a 3-bed house.

    ii) Girl, 10 and girl, 8 are to share a bedroom, plus parents = HB for a 2-bed house.

    iii) Girls, 10 and 8, and boy, 7 are entitled to 2 bedrooms, plus parents = HB for a 3-bed house

    iv) Girls, 13 and 10, and boys, 11 and 8 are entitled to two bedrooms, plus parents = HB for 3 bedroom house

  3. jeanette traynor permalink
    July 6, 2015 1:54 pm

    As ever, a great piece Joe which applies the figures in a way we all understand. I have been under the wrong impression that the benefit cap reductions would not affect many people in Liverpool, but I can see from the figures that anyone with 3 children or more will likely be affected. I note your point that Councils can only receive back the entitlement to HB rate back from the Government if they use temporary accommodation. I take it that this only applies ‘if’ temporary accommodation is used and not if they choose to top up the tenant’s rent through a DHP? Do you know any more about what ‘household’ means? Hopefully, it only includes the actual tenant claimant’s income and not also the adult children’s income also living in the property – though I know benefit calculations currently do account for non dependant charges. Is this going to stay the same?

  4. July 10, 2015 1:15 pm

    With the current system being disabled does not mean you even get any allowance many seem to be exempted from claiming anyrthing.

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