The Benefit Cap

From 7th November 2016, the benefit cap is being reduced

New weekly benefit cap

  • £385 a week for couples and lone parents
  • £258 a week for single adults

Previous weekly benefit cap

  • £500 a week for couples and lone parents
  • £350 a week for single adults

This will mean that your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will go down to make sure that the total amount you get isn't more than the cap level.

Use our benefit cap calculator to find out if the benefit cap will apply to you.

Benefit Cap exemptions

You're not affected by the cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:

  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (if you get the support component)
  • Guardian's Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent payments as part of a War Disablement Pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Universal Credit payments towards carer's costs or for 'limited capability for work and work-related activity'
  • War pensions
  • War Widow's or War Widower's Pension

Other support available

You can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) if you're affected by the benefit cap. The Council has limited funds to be able to offer this help, so any awards are likely to be for the short-term and dependant on you taking steps to find work.

More information

Further information regarding the cap can be found at www.gov.uk