The cap is set at:
- £384.62 per week for single parents
- £384.62 per week for couples with or without children
- £257.69 per week for single people
The government will add up how much money you get from the following benefits:
- Housing Benefit
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Income Support
- Maternity Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Widowed Parent's Allowance
- Bereavement Allowance
If the amount you receive adds up to more than the maximum amount you are allowed your housing benefit will be cut. As this amount is being taken from your housing benefit you will have to find the difference yourself to pay the rent.
Who will be affected?
Everyone affected by the benefits cap will be told by Maidstone Borough Council and JobCentre Plus.
You won't be affected by the benefits cap if:
- You've reached pension age (63 years and 6 months)
- You've been working for at least the last 12 months but have lost your job through no fault of your own (such as being made redundant), the benefits cap may not apply to your claim for the first nine months
- You or your partner is working enough hours to qualify for working tax credit (Even if their income is too high to receive working tax credit). You will need to make a claim to the Department of Work and Pensions to see that you meet this criteria.
- You receive a war pension
Or if you, your partner or children get:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- The support component of Employment and Support Allowance