Average Brent Rents V Current Housing Benefit Levels V The Benefit Cap

In the blue corner, we have…

Average rents in Brent, as found today at home.co.uk!

In the red corner, we have….

Current Housing Benefit limits!

…. Aaaaannnd in the.. pink? corner (Column 3 below)… we have the Benefit Cap. Figures are taken from SPeye – and show how the £350 and £500 Benefit Cap will break down between housing benefit components and those related to other benefits. The amount of welfare benefits a family receives is the same nationally, and depends on the make up of the family. Below you can see these amounts and also how much the Benefit Cap leaves to pay for rent through Housing Benefit (HB) in social housing or through Local Housing Allowance (LHA) for a private tenant.

Refereeing in the fourth column is the amount of money that each family will need to take from their child benefit or other support benefits in order to pay their rent. Note that in Brent, an average rent moves above the benefit cap for any property with more than two bedrooms. (As this chart refers to the overall average rent, another chart will follow providing similar details for average social rent for additional comparison.)

  Average Brent rent Current HB limits Who might live here, and what level of benefits they will be entitled to under the cap? Does available HB/LHA cover rent?
One bedroom £238.68 £250

(+ £11.32)

Single person – maximum total payment £350

Couple – maximum total payment £500

 
Two bedrooms £358.35 £290

(-£68.35)

1 parent, 2 child family: Welfare Benefits – £220.50 / Maximum HB/LHA – £279.80 NO: -£78.55

 

Three bedrooms £516.65 £340

(-£176.65)

1 parent, 2 child family: Welfare Benefits – £220.50 / Maximum HB/LHA – £279.80

2 parent, 2 child: Welfare Benefits – £261.35 / Maximum HB/LHA – £238.65

1 parent and 3 children: Welfare Benefits – £286.20 / Maximum HB/LHA – £213.80

2 parent and 3 children: Welfare Benefits – £327.05 / Maximum HB/LHA – £172.95

1 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £351.91 / Maximum HB/LHA – £148.09

2 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £392.76 / Maximum HB/LHA – £107.24

NO: -£236.85

 

NO: -£278

NO: -£305.82

 

NO: -£343.70

 

NO: -£368.56

 

 

Four bedrooms £804.10 £400

(-£404.10)

1 parent and 3 children: Welfare Benefits – £286.20 / Maximum HB/LHA – £213.80

2 parent and 3 children: Welfare Benefits – £327.05 / Maximum HB/LHA – £172.95

1 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £351.91 / Maximum HB/LHA – £148.09

2 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £392.76 / Maximum HB/LHA – £107.24

1 parent and 5 children: Welfare Benefits – £417.62 / Maximum HB/LHA – £82.38

2 parent and 5 children: Welfare Benefits – £458.47 / Maximum HB/LHA – £41.53

1 parent and 6 children: Welfare Benefits – £483.33 / Maximum HB/LHA – £16.77

2 parent and 6 children: Welfare Benefits – £524.18 / Maximum HB/LHA – NOTHING

NO: -£590.30

 

NO: -£631.15

NO: -£656.01

 

NO: -£696.86

 

NO: -£721.72

NO: -£762.57

 

NO: -£787.33

NO: -£804.10

 

 Five Bedrooms £1109.39  n/a  1 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £351.91 / Maximum HB/LHA – £148.09

2 parent and 4 children: Welfare Benefits – £392.76 / Maximum HB/LHA – £107.24

1 parent and 5 children: Welfare Benefits – £417.62 / Maximum HB/LHA – £82.38

2 parent and 5 children: Welfare Benefits – £458.47 / Maximum HB/LHA – £41.53

1 parent and 6 children: Welfare Benefits – £483.33 / Maximum HB/LHA – £16.77

2 parent and 6 children: Welfare Benefits – £524.18 / Maximum HB/LHA – NOTHING

 

NO: -£961.30

 

NO: -£1002.15

 

NO: -£1027.01

NO: -£1067.86

 

NO: -£1092.62

NO: -£1109.39

 

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