Benefit Cap

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There is a limit on the total amount of benefits that you can claim, known as the benefit cap.

The current cap is 13,400 per year (257.69 per week) for single households and 20,000 per year (384.62 per week) for couples and families. All benefits are added together and if the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit payments will be reduced by the amount it is above the cap.

You may be affected by the cap if you are claiming any of the following:

        Jobseekers Allowance

        Income Support

        Employment & Support Allowance

        Housing Benefit

        Child Tax Credit

        Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

        Child Benefit

There are exemptions from the cap for households where at least one member is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Carer's Allowance or Guardians Allowance, or the claimant is working sufficient hours to become entitled to Working Tax Credit.

For residents of Warrington Housing Association, the Benefit Cap is only likely to affect larger families with three or more children. If you have any queries about this, please contact our Money Advice Officer.