Housing benefits: rates and thresholds

People affected by dementia may be entitled to help with their housing costs. Find out about the current rates and thresholds here. 

This page provides details of care and mobility benefits rates and savings thresholds from April 2019 to March 2020.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with other Alzheimer’s Society information about benefits and how to apply for them, especially our page on help with housing costs.

Housing benefit

Capital limits

Upper capital limit is £16,000 (if Pension credit guarantee is being paid, there is no upper capital limit).

Lower capital limit if under the qualifying age for Pension credit guarantee is £6,000.

Lower capital limit if above the qualifying age for Pension credit guarantee or permanently residing in a care home is £10,000.

Benefit cap

Claimants may find their housing benefit reduced if their total benefits income is more than the maximum allowed under the 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 changed 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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