Benefit cap

There's a limit on the total amount of benefit you can claim when you are of working age; this is known as the benefit cap.

If the benefit cap affects you, you will have your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit reduced so that your weekly income is no higher than the current cap levels.

As of November 2016, the level of the cap is:

  • £384.62 a week for couples (with or without children living with them)
  • £384.62 a week for single parents whose children live with them
  • £257.69 a week for single adults who don't have children, or whose children don't live with them

If you are finding it difficult to cope financially

If the benefit cap affects you and you are finding it difficult to cope financially, we may be able to help you in the short term. You may be able to apply for a discretionary housing payment or a council tax discretionary reduction.

If you think the benefit cap should not apply to you

If you, your partner or any children you are responsible for receive one or more benefits unaffected by the cap, and you think the cap should not apply to you, call the benefit cap helpline for advice.

Stop the benefit cap applying to you

If you find work, you may be able to get Working Tax Credit and this could mean that the benefit cap won’t apply to you.

Contact Jobcentre Plus to make an appointment to see a work coach.

Find help moving from benefits to work.

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