The Benefit Cap

The benefit cap - or household benefit cap - limits the total amount of benefits that an out-of-work family can receive. 

Some families are exempt from the benefit cap, and this includes anyone who has a dependent child getting Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  If you receive Working Tax Credit you will also be exempt from the Benefit Cap.

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How much is the benefit cap?

At the moment the cap is:

In London:

  • £442.31 a week if you are a couple or a lone parent.
  • £296.35 a week if you are a single person.

Outside London:

  • £384.62 a week if you are a couple or lone parent.
  • £257.69 if you are a single person.

 

How does the benefit cap work?

Unless you are exempt from the benefit cap, your combined income from certain benefits is capped at a set amount. If you get more than this amount then the extra you receive is deducted from either your housing benefit or any Universal Credit payments you get.

For more information, or if you are struggling financially please speak to your Neighbourhood Officer or Income Officer.  They can put you in touch with specialised help and support.