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:

  • £350 a week for single adults with no children, or whose children don't live with them
  • £500 a week for couples (with or without children) and lone parents with dependent children
If you are likely to be paid more in benefits than the amounts above then a deduction will be made from your housing benefit.

Changes to the benefit cap

From late Autumn 2016 the government is changing the amount of the benefit cap. The new level of the cap is:

  • £258 a week for single adults with no children, or whose children don't live with them
  • £385 a week for couples (with or without children) and lone parents with dependent children
If you are likely to be paid more in benefits than the new amounts above then a deduction will be made from your housing benefit. The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) will be writing to anyone affected by late September. You can also book an appointment with a Welfare and Housing Caseworker to discuss how these changes will affect you.

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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