The benefit cap

What is the benefit cap?

The benefit cap was introduced in April 2013 by the Coalition Government. It places a limit on the total amount of benefits that people aged 16 to 64 can receive.


How much is the benefit cap?

If you live outside a Greater London borough, the cap is:

  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) for couples with or without children;
  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) for single people with children;
  • £257.69 per week (£13,400 a year) for single people without children.

If you live in a Greater London borough, the cap is:

  • £442.31 per week (£23,000 a year) for couples with or without children;
  • £442.31 per week (£23,000 a year) for single people with children;
  • £296.35 per week (£15,410 a year) for single people without children.
Which benefits are affected by the benefit cap?

The following benefits are affected by the benefit cap:


How will I know if I am affected by the benefit cap?

The Department for Work and Pensions will contact you if you are affected by the benefit cap. They will let you know what will happen to your benefits. In most cases Housing Benefit payments will be reduced to make sure that you do not go above the benefit cap level.


Where can I find more information about the benefit cap?

More information about the benefit cap can be obtained from the Government information website.

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