Benefit cap

The government has introduced a limit on the total benefits that working age people can be paid. This limit should help match the income of average working families with people receiving out of work benefits.

How much is the benefit cap?

The current level of the cap is:

  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re in a couple, whether your children live with you or not
  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re single and your children live with you
  • £257.69 per week (£13,400 a year) if you’re single and you don’t have children, or your children don’t live with you

If you are likely to be paid more in benefits than the amounts above then a deduction will be made from your housing benefit.

Use the benefit cap calculator to find out how the benefit cap affects you.

For more information about which benefits count towards the cap and who is and isn't affected, visit the GOV.UK website.

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