Yesterday it wa reported in the Guardian that a private landord sought and got an eviction against a tenant in a 4 bed property because of the HB caps. The rent that was previously paid before the caps was £450pw and the cap reduced this to a maximum of £400pw. In other words in this example the cap sought to save £50pw or £2600 per year.
The council considered the case found the family unintentionally homeless and in priority need. The best the council could come up to meet their mandatory housing duties was to accommodate the family in 2 rooms at a B&B hotel paying £69 per night for each room.
This sees the council paying out £966 pw in housing benefit and directly due to the caps which sought to limit Hb payments to £400pw.
The council is paying out over £50k per year in HB in this one case alone directly because of the impact of the caps or more correctly the known consequences or impact of the HB caps.
The cap policy of in this case to save £2600 per year is now costing them £23480 more per year in just this one case.