Benefit capping

There is a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap.

The cap applies to the total amount that the people in your household get from the following benefits:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (unless you get the support component)
  • Guardian's Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent's Allowance (or Widowed Mother's Allowance or Widows Pension you started getting before 9 April 2001)

The level of cap is:

  • £500 a week for couples
  • £500 a week for single parents whose children live with them
  • £350 a week for single adults who don't have children, or whose children don't live with them

You won't be affected by the benefit cap if anyone in your household gets any of the following benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent payments as part of a war disablement pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • War Widow(er)'s Pension
  • War Pensions

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