Nikola and her children are preparing for their fifth move in four years, as the benefit cap means she is priced out of the area where she was born. She has already had to move 12 miles from her family, after cuts to Housing Benefit made her rent unaffordable. She fears this next move could see her rehoused as far as 140 miles away. Nikola says people don’t understand that she did not choose to live in such an expensive area. “We were born here, we were raised here, brought up here, it’s all we know. I’ve already moved away from friends to come here. How would I afford to see family if we live so far away?” She worked until five years ago, relying on her mother to help with the childcare. When her mother died from cancer, she was devastated, but also found herself unable to afford the childcare to allow her back to work.