As the government makes reductions to public spending, the budget for welfare has been reduced. This means in turn that some of the benefits people receive will be lower.
Since 2011, there have been a series of reductions in the amount of money people can claim for housing benefit towards the cost of rent. To read about what these changes are, look at How housing benefit is changing.
The government acknowledges that reducing housing benefit means that many people will no longer be given enough money to pay their landlord the full rent. To look at what options are available to you if you are struggling or are concerned about your future in your home then look at What are your options?
Reducing benefits is always going to have an impact on the people who claim them, but often certain groups in the community are impacted more severely. The Hackney CAB Crowdmap is a project which aims to gather together stories from the community. Click here to find out more about what research tells us the impacts are for Hackney residents.