If you are aged 16 to 64, there is a limit on the total amount of benefit you can get. This is called the Benefit Cap.
As of 7 November 2016, the benefit cap has been reduced and will be set at a different level depending on whether you live inside or outside London.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have sent letters to everyone who may lose benefit payments under the new rules.
What are the new Benefit cap levels?
From November 7th 2016 the benefit cap will be set at:
- £442.31 a week if you are a couple or have children and live in London
- £384.62 a week if you are a couple or have children and live outside London
- £296.35 a week if you are a single person and live in London
- £257.69 a week if you are a single person and live outside London.
The benefits included, when seeing if your benefit income exceeds the benefit cap, are:
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Incapacity Benefit
- Income Support
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (except when in the support group)
- Maternity Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Widowed Parent's Allowance & Bereavement Allowance
If you are keen to find out more about the changes or to find out how we can help then please contact us.
How is the Benefit Cap calculated?
The DWP Benefit Cap Calculator can give you an indication if you will be affected.
Please contact us if you need further advice.
* From Autumn when the lower cap happens both Carer's and Guardians Allowance will exempt you from being capped.