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DWP benefit cap

The benefit cap is directly notified by the Department for Work and Pensions and affects the total amount of benefit a household can receive.

The benefit cap first came into force on 15th July 2013. It was extended on 7th November 2016 with new limits on the total amount of benefits that working age people can claim.

The current weekly cap (from 7th November) means that the maximum amount of benefit (including housing benefit) a household can receive is:

  • £384.62 per week for lone parents and couples; this equates to £20,000 per year
  • £257.69 per week for single persons; this equates to £13,400 per year

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.
  • From 07/11/2017 those who receive Carer's Allowance or Guardian's Allowance.

You can find more information at benefit cap.

 

 

This page was last updated: 19 September 2017

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