The benefit cap

There is a limit on the amount on benefits most people can get

The benefit cap sets a limit on the total amount in benefits that most working-age people can claim. The benefit cap will not apply to you if you’ve already reached the pension credit age by October 2013.

How much is the cap?

The total amount you can claim in benefits is:

  • £500 per week for couples with, or without children.
  • £500 per week for single parents.
  • £350 per week for a single person.

If when you add up all of the benefits that you receive, you are getting more than the amounts shown above, then it is likely that your benefits will be cut. There are however, some exceptions.

For more information about the benefit cap, and which benefits will and wont be affected by this, click here.

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