The Benefit Cap is the limit to the total amount of benefits that most people between 16 and 64 can receive.
From 7 November, the weekly Benefit Cap was reduced for working age tenants, meaning some of you will receive fewer benefits to help pay your rent.
Who is affected?
If you live in London and are of working age:
For a couple, with or without children, and single people with children, the cap will be reduced to £442.31.
For single people without children, the cap will be reduced to £296.35.
If you live in Hertford and other out of London properties and are of working age:
For a couple, with or without children, and single people with children, the cap will be reduced to £384.62.
For single people without children, the cap will be reduced to £257.69.
Further caps for those who have not been capped before will start in January 2017.
Benefits that are not included in the Benefit Cap
You are not affected by the benefit cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Employment and Support Allowance (if you get the support component)
- Guardian’s Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent payments as part of a War Disablement Pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit payments towards carer’s costs or for ‘limited capability for work and work-related activity’
- War pensions
- War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension
You can find out if the benefits cap affects you by using the Benefits Cap calculator.