15:38 Tuesday 11 February 2014

35 households get benefits capped

Written byHELEN KREFT

THIRTY-FIVE households in East Staffordshire have had their benefits capped since the national legislation was introduced last July.

It comes as just nine households in South Derbyshire were affected by the cap which aims to save taxpayers around £2 million a week.

The government introduced a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can get so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.

Councillor Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “The council has followed national legislation whereby housing benefit will be capped if claimants receive over a certain amount of benefits each week. Claimants can also apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment if they are experiencing difficulties in payment their rent.

“If any claimant is struggling to pay their rent, we would urge them to contact us as soon as possible by telephoning our Benefits team on 01283 508422 or by visiting our Customer Service Centre in the Market Place, Burton upon Trent or the Library in Uttoxeter.”

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