Benefit cap

Benefit cap

From April 2013 up to September 2013 the Government rolled out a cap on the total amount of benefit that a single person or couple is entitled to. In April, the cap will be applied in four London boroughs (Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey) and will be rolled out nationally over the summer.

People of ‘working age’ were subject to a benefit cap. This means that the amount of benefits they receive is limited to £500 per week for couples and single parent households. This is limited to £350 per week for single adults.

The cap will only apply to ‘working age’ households, and the following households will be exempt:

  • Households that include a member who is receiving Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Where the claimant/partner receives some Working Tax Credit
  • Those getting the Support Component of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Those in receipt of a War Widow Pension

Benefit Cap FAQs

Households in receipt of Working Tax Credit will not be affected by the benefit cap.

Working Tax Credit is available to lone parents and those with a disability who are working for at least 16 hours a week and couples with children who work at least 24 hours a week

If you work under the stated hours, don’t receive Working Tax Credit and still receive other benefits you will be affected.

Yes. People who live in temporary accommodation could be subject to a benefit cap.

However, Housing Benefit is not included in the cap for people living in temporary accommodation; therefore it’s likely that only a small amount of people would be affected.

The cap will not include one-off payments, non-cash benefits such as free school meals or Council Tax Benefit.