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Bexley residents warned about benefits cap

PUBLISHED: 09:40 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:41 31 July 2013

Bexley residents are being warned that their benefits could be capped from August 12.

The changes are the biggest to be made to the welfare system in 60 years. The maximum amount of benefit that claimants can receive will be capped at £500 per week for single parents, £500 per week for couples with or without children and £350 per week for single people without children.

To calculate the amount that will be capped the benefits that each claimant receives will be added together. This will include housing benefit, jobseekers allowance, employment support allowance, child benefit, child tax credit and carer’s allowance.

If the total of all the benefits received comes to more than the maximum amount the benefit payment will be reduced.

There is information, advice and guidance on how to cope with the changes to the benefit system online at bexley.gov.uk/benefitchanges or call the 0203 045 3529.

Along with the online information regular advice surgeries currently take place on Monday at Erith Town Hall and on Friday at the Job Centre Plus in Bexleyheath, both from 9.30. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 0203 045 3529.

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