A Benefit Cap has been phased in across the UK for working-age benefit claimants.
The Benefit Cap is the maximum social security payment you can receive if you are not working. It is:
The Cap is not affected by how many children you have. It remains the same whether you have one child or more than one child.
If your total benefit payment, excluding Council Tax Benefit, is more than £296.35 a week (for a single person) or £442.31 a week (for a lone parent or couple) your Housing Benefit will be reduced, so that your weekly benefit payments are no more than £296.35 or £442.31 a week.
Yes, if you are of working age and claiming out of work benefits such as Income Support, sickness benefits or Jobseeker's Allowance.
You will not be affected by the Cap if any of the following apply to you:
If Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or War Disablement Pension stops because a person is in a hospital or care home the Benefit Cap will still not apply.
Get help and advice straightaway. Do not ignore the letter - if you act straightaway you will have time to prepare yourself for the change in benefits. Employment or self-employment would protect you from the Cap and is the best long-term solution for most families. You may be able to claim benefits such as Working Tax Credit and get help with your rent or Council Tax.
The Government is running a Benefit Cap helpline:
Tel: 0345 605 7064
Textphone: 0345 608 8551
The helpline may refer you to your local Jobcentre Plus for help and support with finding work, or Richmond Council for other support.
You will want to know how much benefit you will be losing - it may be a lot or very little. Visit the online calculator at GOV.UK
For the most up to date information please check the GOV.UK website.
Updated: 29 June 2017