From 7 November 2016 the government reduced the level of the Benefits Cap to £20,000 per annum.
- £384.62 per week for single parents
- £384.62 per week for couples with or without children
- £257.69 per week for single people
- 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
- 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
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Carers Allowance
- The support component of Employment and Support Allowance
Ways to Prepare
Here's how you can prepare for the changes:
- If you are worried that you might be affected by the benefits cap think about how you will be able to cope. Don’t leave it until your rent is due.
- Start to budget now to make sure you are able to pay your rent so you don’t get into arrears and risk losing your home. Take a look at our Help and Advice pages for help with budgeting and ways to save money.
- Try to find work as this will give you more money and will also mean you might be able to get Working Tax Credit and not be affected by the benefits cap. Contact the Job Centre who will be able to help you with your job search and preparing for work.