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Benefit Cap

In 2013, the Government introduced the first "cap" (maximum limit) to the total amount of benefit working age people can receive if they are not working.

From 1 April 2023 the Benefit Cap, including Housing Benefit (HB), will be limited to:

  • couples with children - £423.46 per week (£22,019.92 per annum)
  • couples without children - £423.46 per week
  • lone parents (and the children you have responsibility for live with you) - £283.71 per week
  • single persons - £283.71 per week (£14,752.92 per annum)

Housing Benefits are reduced so that you do not get more than the cap figures that applies to your circumstances. However, your Housing Benefit cannot be lowered below £0.50 per week. Therefore, the full reduction may not affect you until, if applicable, your circumstances change in such a way that you will be moved across to Universal Credit. At this point the full reduction will apply.

If your Housing Benefit is paid direct to your landlord, you will need to pay the shortfall in benefit payment to your landlord, or your rent will fall into arrears.


There are exemptions to those who can be affected by the benefit cap as follows:

  • Pensioners
  • Those who receive Working Tax Credits
  • Those who have an in-work exemption if claiming universal credit
  • Those households who have disability benefits, i.e. disability living allowance, personal independence payments, attendance allowance, support component of employment and support allowance, industrial injuries benefits
  • Those who receive war widows' or war widowers' pension.
  • Those who receive carer's allowance or guardian's allowance.

You can find more information at benefit cap.