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Benefit cap begins today in Bromley as part of trial run across London boroughs

PUBLISHED: 09:53 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 15 April 2013

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

A cap on the amount of benefits available to people in Bromley begins today as part of a trial run across four London boroughs.

Couples and single parents will now receive a maximum of £500 a week in benefits, with a limit for single people set at £350 across the borough as well as Croydon, Haringey and Enfield.

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith introduced the cap to cut spending and bring benefit payments into line with the average income.

It is expected the cap will be rolled out across the nation from July, with the policy scheduled to come into force everywhere by the end of September.

Earlier this month Mr Duncan Smith said he could survive on £53 a week during a BBC Radio 4 interview, an amount many benefit claimaints could find themselves surviving on.

The total amount people in a Bromley household receive could be affected if they receive carer’s allowance, child benefit, housing benefit or jobseeker’s allowance.

However, the cap will not affect those who qualify for working tax credit, as well as those who receive disability living allowance or a war widower’s pension.

Will you be affected by the benefit cap? Let us know, contact joshua.fowler@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3835.

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