The Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap is a limit to the amount of benefits that you can receive if you are of working age. From Autumn 2016, the UK Government will apply reductions to the Benefit Cap.  

The new benefit cap amounts are:

  • £385 per week for couples with or without children
  • £385 per week  a lone parent with dependent children
  • £258 per week for single people without children

If the cap affects you, your housing benefit will be REDUCED and you will need to make up the difference between this and your rent. There are options avaliable to help you supplement your income if you are affected by the cap. 

To calculate if you are going to be affected by the Benefits Cap and how much this is going to affect your income, please log on to

The benefits taken into account when calculating the cap are:

  • Bereavement Allowance

  • Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Maternity Allowance

  • Child Benefit

  • Reduced Earnings Allowance

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Severe Disablement Allowance

  • Employment and Support Allowance (except when in the support group)         

  • Universal Credit

  • Widowed Parent's Allowance

  • Housing Benefit (except for households in Supported Exempt Accommodation)            

  • Widowed Mother's Allowance

  • Incapacity benefit         

  • Widow's Pension

  • Income Support

  • Widows Pension age related


You are exempt from the benefit cap when you, your partner or your child /qualified young person are in receipt of the following benefits:

  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

  • Attendance Allowance

  • Carer's Allowance (from 7 November 2016)

  • Disability Living Allowance

  • Employment and Support Allowance (if in the support group)

  • Guardian's Allowance (from 7 November 2016)

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

  • Limited Capability for Work Related Activity (LCWRA) element of Universal Credit

  • Pension Credit – please see note below

  • Personal Independence Payment

  • War Disablement Pension

  • War Widow's or Widower's Pension

  • Working Tax Credit

Note: You are exempt from the Benefit Cap if you're over the qualifying age for Pension Credit. This doesn't mean you actually have to be getting Pension Credit - just that you've reached an age when you can apply for it if you want to.


What can I do if I am affected by the Benefit Cap?

If you think you will be affected by the Benefit Cap, please contact the Rosebery Income Team who will be able to offer advice and support services.

Call:  0800 0687664 or 01372 814000


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