Benefit Cap

From April 2013 the Government introduced a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap.

What are the benefit cap limits?

From 07 November 2016 the cap limits are:

  • single childless person: £257.69 per week

  • couples or those with children: £384.62 per week

How is the benefit cap calculated?

The cap is based on the total amount of out of work benefits received:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (except where the support component has been awarded)
  • Guardian's Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent's Allowance
  • Widowed Mothers Allowance
  • Widows Pension
  • Widows Pension (age-related)

Who is not affected by the benefit cap?

The benefit cap will not apply to your household if you live in Supported Exempt Accommodation.

It will also not apply if you, or your partner, qualify for Working Tax Credit or if you, your partner or any children you are responsible for, and who live with you, are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (and its replacement Personal Independence Payment)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (where the Support Component has been awarded)
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (Guaranteed Income Payments)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pensions (this includes the War Widow's/Widower's pension and war disablement pension)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has the sole responsibility for calculating whether a benefit cap will apply to you. The Council administers the cap by reducing your Housing Benefit payments. The Council has no discretion whether or not to apply the benefit cap.

The benefit cap calculator is available to estimate how much your benefit cap might be capped if you are in receipt of work benefits.



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