A new cap on benefit payments is being trialed in some London boroughs, starting from today.
Haringey, Enfield, Bromley and Croydon are the four boroughs that are altering the way they pay benefits in a major 'shake-up' of the system designed to encourage work.
The changes mean all the benefits people receive will be added up and stopped from going above a maximum limit.
- For couples and single parents the cap will be £500 per week
- For single adults, without children it will be £350 per week
There will be exemptions for example:
- Anyone claiming certain disability benefits
- Anyone claiming a war pension
- Anyone in a job and claiming working tax credit
The idea is to make benefits less appealing and get people into Job Centres.
Work is what Candice O'Hallaran wants, but she says she can not get it.
For years she has been sending off CVs, with no luck.
She and her two children will lose £160 a month.
Reverand Paul Nicolson knows it is not as easy as that, which is why he organised a march in Haringey, to protest against the benefits cap.