England, Scotland and Wales are introducing an upper limit on working age benefits.
The benefits per week for couples and single parents will be £500 and those for single people will be £350.
What is included in this cap are things like jobseeker’s allowance, child benefit and housing benefit.
These changes are a part of the plan of the current government to discourage people living only on benefits and make them find jobs.
In case people who are already at work need to claim benefits they should know the changes will not affect them.
According to many critics these changes would not improve the situation in any way as they claim there are many people who want to find a place to work but these are not enough for everybody. By the way, don`t forget to check our employment documents.
Another thing the government was accused of was its unsuccessful trial to take into account the differences in living costs in different regions mainly talking about rent prices.
However, the work and pension secretary Duncan Smith said that the cap is based on the average household income.
“It ensures the taxpayer can have trust in the welfare system,” he said, “and it stops sky-high claims that make it impossible for people to move into work.”
In his view this limit will become a good reason for most people to start looking for a proper job.
Four London boroughs claim that the scheme is not well-developed and there would be many
problems in implementing it.
Many families are afraid they would be moved to areas with lower housing prices and because of this they could be forced out of their communities.