Benefit Cap changes

The Benefit cap is reducing from £500 per week for families to £384.62 per week. This will mean that most families who pay rent and who have 3 or more children will not get enough Housing Benefit to cover their rent. A small number of families with only 2 children will also be affected.

This will apply to those who already have their benefits capped from 7th November 2016.

It will apply to around 800 extra families in Coventry from 16th January 2017 and to thousands of additional families in Birmingham from 23rd January 2017.

Central England Law Centre is working with other local agencies to contact these local families and to assist them to gain exemptions form the benefit cap. Special advice sessions are planned around the City.


These will cover how to stop the cap affecting you

Budgeting and money advice

Extra financial support

These extra advice sessions are

Monday 7th November 10am to 3pm Holbrooks Community Centre

Weds 9th November 3pm to 5pm Coventry Central Library

Thursday 10th November 9.30 am to 2pm Moat house Leisure Centre

Monday 14th November 9.30am to 2pm Foleshill Library

Tuesday 15th November 9am to 12 noon Central Library

Wednesday 16th November 9.30 am to 2pm Hagard Community Centre Willenhall

Friday 18th November 9.30 am to 2pm Tile Hill Library

If you are affected by these changes please attend. We are already helping some people to gain exemptions from the benefit cap and we know there will be many more that we can assist with this.


The average loss from these changes is a reduction of £85 per week in Housing Benefit and there is a huge risk of rent arrears and evictions for those affected.

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