...you'd better make sure you're you're rich. Benefit Cap Means The Safety Net For London’s Poorest Children Has Disappeared It is not hyperbole to say that yesterday’s introduction of the benefit cap effectively ends the safety net of social security for families in London. Households in Enfield, Haringey, Croydon and Bromley from today will now face losing their homes should they become unemployed or too ill to work. This social cleansing is to be extended to all London Boroughs and elsewhere in the UK from July. It is true that the cap, set at £500 a week , is a lot of money. It is not true however that it meant equivalent families receive more on benefit then they would in work. A family earning £26,000 a year and living in the private sector in London would receive significant housing benefits. Those who objected to people living in high rent areas whilst on benefits were perfectly free to do the same, and would have had some help with housing costs even if they were in full time work. It is not the fault of claimants that rents have soared out of control in London, making often the most modest of properties unaffordable without some benefits. Even in the very cheapest outskirts of the capital rents are soaring. Most of the families struggling with rocketing private sector housing costs were born in London or have lived here for years. Some have seen neighbourhoods previously regarded as poor like Notting Hill, Dalston or Brixton turn into playgrounds for the latte slurping middle classes around them, sometimes in the space of just a few years. Others live in areas which were always poor, like Tottenham and Catford. With the benefit cap pegged at £500 a week and housing benefit now frozen far below the rate of rent increases, very soon even these areas will be unaffordable for medium sized families on benefits. The DWP went on the offensive yesterday in support of the cap, which is set to cost 40,000 people their homes over the next few months. Source- The Void Full article - http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/201...for-londons-poorest-children-has-disappeared/ :bobby: I cant help thinking that 2013 is going to be a very exciting year for London.