Benefit cap

1. Overview

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most working age people can get. This is called the benefit cap.

From 7 November 2016 the level at which benefit is capped is:

  • £384.62 a week for couples (with or without children)
  • £384.62 a week for single parents whose children live with them
  • £257.69 a week for single adults who don’t have children, or whose children don’t live with them

How it affects Housing Benefit

If the cap affects you, we reduce your Housing Benefit so that your total income isn't above the limit. So you may have to use money from your other benefits to pay some or all of your rent.