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Benefit Cap

Benefit Cap

A limit will be put on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called a ‘benefit cap’. Local councils will be introducing this between 15 April and 30 September 2013.

When the benefit cap starts

The benefit cap was introduced on 15 April 2013 to the following 4 council areas:

  • Bromley
  • Croydon
  • Enfield
  • Haringey

The benefit cap will be introduced in all other council areas between 15 July and and 30 September 2013.

What will happen

If you’re affected, your Housing Benefit will go down to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get isn’t more than the cap level.

If you’re already getting benefits and could be affected by the cap you’ll be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They’ll let you know what will happen to your benefits.

If you’re seeing a Jobcentre Plus adviser, Work Programme or Work Choice provider, they’ll continue to help you look for work and get skills you may need for a job.

Use the benefit cap calculator to find out if you’ll be affected, and how much your benefits could go down by.

What’s included

The cap will apply to the total amount that the people in your household get from the following benefits:

How much is the benefit cap?

The level of the cap will be:

  • £500 a week for couples (with or without children living with them)
  • £500 a week for single parents whose children live with them
  • £350 a week for single adults who don’t have children, or whose children don’t live with them

Who won’t be affected?

You won’t be affected by the benefit cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:

You might be affected by the cap if you have any grown-up children who still live with you and they qualify for one of these benefits. This is because they won’t normally count as part of your household.

 

 

Last updated: 15 May 2013

 

STATISTICS

Benefit cap: number of households capped to August 2013 – Published 3 October 2013

COLLECTION

Benefit cap statistics – Published 10 October 2013

 

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