Benefits Cap

If you are of a working age (16-61) there is a maximum amount of total benefits you can claim.   This is why it is called the Benefits Cap.

The maximum you can receive is:

Outside Greater London the limit will be a total of:

£384 a week for lone parents and couples with or without children
£257 a week for single people

Inside Greater London the limit will be a total of:

£442.31 a week for lone parents and couples with or without children
£296.35 a week for single people

Who does the cap apply to?

The cap applies to the total amount of money that the people in your household get from benefits such as Child Benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

You wouldn’t be affected by the Benefit Cap if you’re in receipt or entitled to:
•  Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance
•  Support Group of  Employment and Support Allowance
• Industrial Injuries Benefits, War Disablement Pension and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
• Guardian Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Carers element of Universal Credit
• War Widows/Widowers Pension
• Working Tax Credit
• On Universal Credit and you earn £430 or more a month

Working out your budget

If you are affected by the Benefit Cap then you will probably have a smaller income every month.

A great way to work out your income and expenditure is to use a budget planner.  It can help you see what you’re spending your money on and where you can make savings.

Entitled to budget planner: www.budget.entitledto.co.uk.

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