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What is the benefit cap and will it affect me?

The benefit cap restricts how much a household can claim. The cap is:

  • £384.62 per week for lone parents and couples
  • £257.69 per week for singles

Benefits included in the cap are:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Widowed Parents Allowance
  • Universal Credit

Benefits excluded from the cap are:

  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Discretionary Housing Payment
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Maternity Pay
  • Paternity/Adoption Pay

You are excluded from the cap if you or your partner are:

  • Pension Credit age
  • Entitled to Working Tax Credit
  • Receiving Universal Credit and earning £430 or more per month
  • In an Employment Support Allowance group
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Receiving Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Receiving Guardians Allowance

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