Benefit Cap

The amount of benefits a single person or family can claim have been capped by the Government. Below is some useful information on how your benefits might be affected.

Will the benefit cap affect me?

If you’re single adult or parent, your benefits will be capped at £350 per week. If you’re in a couple, your benefits will be capped at £500 per week.

Larger families will be affected most as they currently receive more benefits.

If you’d like to find out more detail about how the benefit cap will affect you directly, you can use this handy benefits calculator.

Which benefits are capped?

The following benefits are reduced in line with the benefits cap:

  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Child Benefit

Who won’t be affected?

The benefit cap won’t apply to you if you currently receive any of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
  • Attendance Allowance
  • The support component of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credits
  • War Widows / Widowers Pensions

Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more about whether the benefits cap will affect you, contact our Customer Service Team on 0114 2900 200