The Benefit Cap
If you’re working age there may be a limit on the total amount of benefit your household can get. This is called a benefit cap.
How does the benefit cap work?
If you’re getting certain benefits, there may be a limit to how much income you can get. If your income goes above this amount, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is reduced until your income falls below the limit.
If you are a couple or have children your benefit cap is currently £500 per week. The limit for single people with no children is £350 per week.
From Autumn 2016 the benefit cap is going to be reduced and will be set as follows:
- £384.62 per week if you are a couple or have children
- £257.69 per week if you are a single person
Which benefits are included in the benefit cap?
Which benefits exclude you from the benefit cap
You won’t be affected by the benefit cap if you or anyone in your household qualifies for any of the following benefits:
If you’re worried about the reduction in your benefits then please contact the
Financial Inclusion Team on 01639 506623.