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Benefits cap to hit hard; News 12,000 families in region suffer as household limit falls to PS20k.

By ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor andy.richards@trinitymirror.com @AndyRichards9 A NEW cap on overall benefits will hit more than 12,000 families across the West Midlands, a housing watchdog warned.

The lower overall benefit cap comes into effect from Monday, November 7 and limits the total amount of benefits a household can receive from PS26,000 to PS20,000 (or PS23,000 in London).

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has conducted new research which shows the cap will hit 116,000 families across the social rented and private rented sectors in Great Britain, the vast majority of which are two and three-children families, by up to PS115 a week.

More than 300,000 children live in these households.

In the West Midlands the worst hit families could be hit by well over PS100 a week, it claimed.

CIH chief executive, Terrie Alafat CBE, said the new cap could put many families at serious risk of losing their homes and render housing in significant parts of the country unaffordable for those affected.

She said: "The results of our research are extremely worrying.

"It shows that the reduction in total benefits is going to hit some of the most vulnerable families of all sizes across England, Scotland and Wales.

"These families will face a substantial gap between their rent and the help they receive to pay for their housing.

"We are seriously concerned that this could have a severe impact on these families, make housing in large sections of the country unaffordable and risk worsening what is already a growing homelessness problem."

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