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The New Benefit Cap - What you need to know

In 2013 Central Government introduced a limit on the total amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap and how much you get for certain benefits may be restricted to make sure the total you get isn't more than the cap amount. The cap amount and the benefits that are affected by the cap changed on 7 November 2016.

You're not affected by the cap if you or your partner work, and either of the following apply:

The cap applies to the total amount people in your household (you, your partner and any children living with you) get from the following benefits:

Payments towards carer's costs in Universal Credit are not affected by the benefit cap from 7 November 2016.

You're not affected by the cap if anyone in your household qualifies for Working Tax Credit or gets any of the following benefits:

If you have adult children or non-dependants living with you and they qualify for any of these benefits you may still be affected by the cap. This is because they're not usually included in your household.

From 7 November 2016 the amount of cap depends on where you live in the UK.

Outside Greater London

If you live outside a Greater London Borough, the cap is:

If you live in Boston then these are the amounts that will be used to calculate your total benefit entitlements.

Inside Greater London

If you live in a Greater London borough, the cap is:

The cap is a little more generous inside the Greater London area due to the difference in the cost of living and rental charges.


You can find out if you are affected by these changes by clicking on this Benefit Cap Calculator