Benefit capping

The government’s benefit cap means the total amount of benefit working age claimants can receive is now limited.

Further information

From 7 November 2016 there will be additional changes to what you may be entitled to. If you are affected by the reduction in the benefit cap, we will contact you, letting you know that your housing benefit will be reduced. If you are getting universal credit, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will inform you in writing.

The total amount of benefit anyone can claim in Leicester as of 7 November 2016 is now limited to:

  • £384.62 a week for couples, with or without children living with them (previously £500)
  • £384.62 a week for single parents whose children live with them (previously £500)
  • £257.69 a week for single adults, without children or whose children don’t live with them (previously 350).

Which of my benefits are included in the cap?

  • The limited capability for work and work-related activity element of universal credit
  • bereavement allowance
  • child benefit
  • child tax credit
  • employment and support allowance (unless you get the support component)
  • housing benefit
  • incapacity benefit
  • income support
  • jobseeker’s allowance
  • maternity allowance
  • severe disablement allowance
  • widowed parent’s allowance.

You will not be affected by the cap if someone in your household qualifies for working tax credit or claims any of the following benefits:

  • disability living allowance
  • personal independence payment
  • attendance allowance
  • industrial injuries benefits
  • employment and support allowance (if you get the support component)
  • war widow’s or war widower’s pension.

From 7 November 2016, you'll also be exempt from the benefit cap if you're entitled to

  • Carer's allowance
  • guardian's allowance
  • carer's element of universal credit.

For further information and advice, please see our advice and services guide.

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0116 454 1006

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