New lower benefit cap

From 7 November 2016 the government has lowered the benefit cap and the total benefits can you receive now depends on where you live in the UK.

The cap has been reduced from £26,000 a year to £20,000 a year in the UK. If you live in Greater London, the limit has been cut to £23,000 a year.

These reductions are part of the £12bn welfare cuts announced in former chancellor George Osborne’s Budget in July last year.

Below is a summary of the changes.

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

More information and support

For more details please visit the benefit changes section of our website.

If you’re having problems paying your rent or other bills, please contact our income team straight away on 0300 456 2099 or ContactCatalyst@chg.org.uk

We can work with you to come up with a repayment plan so you don’t end up losing your home. Our team can also put you in touch with Catalyst Gateway or independent financial agencies who can help you manage your money or help you get into work.