There is an official ‘calculator’ you can find online on gov.uk which will tell a tenant whether they are likely to lose any Housing Benefit due to the reduction in the benefit cap (see my earlier post this week). They have had a calculator on the site since 2013, but it has been set at the old cap level of £26,000. Its now been re-set so that you can do either a calculation based on the old figure – or one based on the new figures (£23,000 for Greater London or £20,000 in the rest of the country) which will come into effect from this autumn.
If you don’t already use gov.uk it’s the main UK Government website, which means any information on there is ‘official’ and can be trusted. You can find the calculator here.