Benefit Cap

 

The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of income from certain benefits a household can receive. If you receive more than the benefit cap allows then your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will be reduced until you are brought back within the cap.

 The benefit cap is set according to whether you live inside or outside London:

£442.31 a week if you are a couple or have children and live in London

£384.62 a week if you are a couple or have children and live outside London

£296.35 a week if you are a single person and live in London

£257.69 a week if you are a single person and live outside London

The benefits included when seeing if your benefit income exceeds the cap will be:

Child Benefit

Child Tax Credit

Housing Benefit

Incapacity Benefit

Income Support

Jobseeker's Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance (except when in the support group)

Maternity Allowance

Severe Disablement Allowance

Widowed Parent's Allowance & Bereavement Allowance

Click here for more information. 

 

 

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