Benefit cap changes

The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) introduces some changes to the benefit caps

What is a benefit cap?

A benefit cap sets a maximum amount of benefit a household can receive each year.

What will the new benefit caps be?

  • £20,000 - for couples (with or without children) and lone parents
  • £13,400 - for single people without children

You may be exempt from these caps on your benefit if you also get one of the following:

  • Guardian’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Universal Credit AND you also get payments towards carer’s costs.

When will these changes take affect?

The benefit caps will change in Autumn 2016. 

How will I know if I'm going to be affected?

If you will be affected by these new benefit caps, the DWP will write to you to let you know.

Where can I find out more information?

For more information about the benefit cap changes please visit the Gov.uk website.

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