Benefit Cap

There is a limit on the total amount of certain benefits most working age households can get. This is called a Benefit Cap. You are of 'working age' if you are under the qualifying age for Pension Credit.

The government will add up how much money you get from a range of benefits, including Housing Benefit, Universal Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Bereavement Allowance, Maternity Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Widow’s Pension, Widowed Parent’s Allowance, Widowed Mother’s Allowance and Carer’s Allowance. If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed we will reduce your Housing Benefit.

From November 2016, the maximum amount of benefit you can get will be limited to:

This will not apply to you if:

You will also be exempt from the cap if a child or young person for who you are responsible gets Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment or an Armed Forces Independence Payment.