We update this site with news and facts relating to Brent Council policies whenever we get them. However, this page has a very quick overview….
Brent is likely to be the worst hit borough in London (and the 15th worst in the whole of England) as a result of current benefits changes, with residents losing £150 million pounds each year. That’s a loss of £680 per year to affected adults in Brent.
Local Housing Allowance (where payments for rent in private accommodation were capped) left Brent residents facing a loss of £165 per year – the fourth worst affected in the country.
The Bedroom Tax – for Brent Housing Partnership Tenants:
- In total there are 1,761 ‘council’ households – ie properties controlled by Brent Council through Brent Housing Partnership – alone are classed as ‘under occupying’ (those who have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms according to government guidelines) which are in receipt of Housing Benefit. However, in 1,127 of these households the benefit recipient is above the threshold of age 61 and therefore exempt from the changes.
- This means that there are 634 properties affected by the under occupancy penalty in BHP properties alone.
- This represents a total Housing Benefit loss of £11,245 per week, or £584,740 a year, and averages at a loss for each household of £17.74 each week, or £922.30 a year.
The Council Tax Benefit Cut in Brent
- More than 24,000 residents previously entitled to Council Tax Benefit are likely to be paying for some or all of their Council Tax from April 1st.
- Changes to Council Tax benefits will result in residents losing £20 a year – the ninth worst in the country.
- This 2011 paper from Enititledto tried to estimate the possible overall impact of the cut – and came up with these figures:
- Total number of CTB claimants = 34,550
- % of working age claimants = 64%
- Spending on working age claimants = £21.32 million
- Size of budget cut = £3.34 million
- % cut in spending on working age claimants = 16%
The overall Benefits Cap in Brent
- Around 2,600 Brent households are likely to be affected by the benefit cap
- The household benefit cap will result in affected adults losing £52 a year – second worst in the country