Benefit cap

If you’re aged 16 to 64, there may be a limit on the total amount of benefit income you can get. This is called a benefit cap.

Whether the benefit cap applies to you will depend upon who lives in your household and which benefits are being paid. Some people will be exempt from the cap. From Autumn 2016 the benefit cap amount will also change depending upon where you live in the country.

£23,000 a year (£442.30 per week) for couples with or without children and lone parents in Greater London

£15,410 a year (£296.35 per week) for single people without children in Greater London

£20,000 a year (£384.61 per week) for couples with or without children and lone parents elsewhere in Britain.

£13,400 (257.69 per week) for single people without children elsewhere in Britain.

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