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Orbit discusses impact of benefit cap on its customers on BBC news

A new cap on benefits will have a ‘widespread and severe impact’ on nearly 120,000 families across Great Britain according to research published by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Orbit customer and mum-of-four Emma told the BBC she feared her and her children could end up homeless with further reductions in her benefits. 

Featured on BBC One six and ten o’clock news (1 November 2016), Executive Director of Futures Boris Worrall, spoke of the impact of the benefit limit being lowered from £26,000 to £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside of London, from 7 November.

Boris told the BBC: “Customers are already making hard choices about heating, eating, kids clothing - this is difficult stuff.”

Emma is just one of more than 400 Orbit customers who will be impacted by the benefits cap. On average these families stand to lose £63 per week.

The research conducted by CIH shows the cap will hit 116,000 families across the social rented and private rented sectors, the vast majority of which are two and three-children families, by up to £115 a week. More than 300,000 children live in these households.

For more information on how the benefit cap may affect you or your customers, please contact our Advice Services team.