Dear Parmjit Dhanda,
I am very concerned to the recent changes in Housing Benefit. As from the 7th of April a family of two are only entitled to £126 a week to pay for rented accommodation for a family with two children . This is replacing the system that would give you the asking price for the property as long as it was not over-priced. This change means that if you live in a property that costs more than £126 a week you will have to make up the shortfall out of your own benefits or wages. As the average price of property in this area is £570 - £650 a month for a two bedroomed house this leaves a shortfall of £70 - £150 a month that will need to come from the family's benefits or wages. As you can see this will affect the poorest people in a way that will make a big difference to their children's quality of life.
I am very worried about this, not just for myself but for all the families on low income in the city. As Labour are trying to tackle child poverty I do not understand why this change has happened.
Please can you do all you can to put our case to your Government.
I await your reply.