Benefit cap

The total amount of household benefits that working age claimants can get is now capped. The cap is set at the level of the average take home pay. You can find benefit cap guidance (external link)  on the UK Government website. There is also a cap calculator on the website.

The cap is:

  • £350 per week for single people with no children.
  • £500 per week for couples with or without children and single parents.

The cap will be delayed for 39 weeks where the claimant or partner has worked for 50 weeks or more in the last 52 weeks. 

Exempt from the cap

The cap will not apply if the claimant, partner or child gets:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • War Widows or Widowers Pension
  • Employment and Support Allowance - support component
  • War Disablement Pension or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.