The benefit cap

If you are of working age there is a limit to the amount of benefit you can get.

The money you get from certain benefits is added up together. Some of these benefits include:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Carer’s Allowance. 

If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed your Housing Benefit will be reduced.

Benefit cap from November 2016

From 7 November 2016, the amount of total benefits can you receive depends on where you live in the UK.

Outside Greater London

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

  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re in a couple, whether your children live with you or not
  • £384.62 per week (£20,000 a year) if you’re single and your children live with you
  • £257.69 per week (£13,400 a year) if you’re single and you don’t have children, or your children don’t live with you

Inside Greater London

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

  • £442.31 per week (£23,000 a year) if you’re in a couple, whether your children live with you or not
  • £442.31 per week (£23,000 a year) if you’re single and your children live with you
  • £296.35 per week (£15,410 a year) if you’re single and you don’t have children, or your children don’t live with you

Those excluded from benefit cap

This does not apply to you if:

  • you get pension credit, working tax credit, Guardian’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who receive payments towards carer’s costs
  • a member of your household is claiming disability living allowance, attendance allowance or the support element of employment support allowance
  • you or someone in your household works at least 18 hours per week.