Benefit changes will affect long-term sick the most say housing advisers

From the Guardian. 4th October 2010

Fears the new total cap of £500 per family for all benefits will exacerbate problems

Housing advisers fear the biggest impact of benefit changes will be on the long-term sick who have little choice in seeking help with their rent. Gwyneth King works as a solicitor advocate and adviser at the Mary Ward legal centre, a charity based in central London but which helps benefit claimants all over London. She and her colleagues were already worried about caps to be introduced for local housing allowance next year, and she fears the new total cap of £500 per family for all benefits will exacerbate problems.

One of the Mary Ward clients, who prefers to remain anonymous, injured his legs in a work-related accident four years ago. He has been unable to work since. He has three children ranging in age from five to 14, and his wife is his full-time carer…..

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