The Benefit Cap has been introduced by the Government to limit the maximum amount of benefit a family can receive.

How might this affect me?  

If you are a couple or have children your benefit cap is currently £384.62 per week including Housing Costs. 

If you are a single person with no children the Benefit Cap is £257.69 per week for those living outside of London. 

Does this include all of my current benefits?

The following benefits are included when calculating whether your household exceeds the cap: 

  • Child Benefit  
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (except when in the support group)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance 
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit (unless you have an in-work exemption) 
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance ( Or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widow’s Pension if you started getting this before 9 April 2001) 
  • Bereavement Allowance.

What do I need to do?

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