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The benefit cap

Latest update February 2017

The Government has further reduced the cap. This took effect in November 2016. The new figures are:

For those living in Greater London

  • £442.30 per week for single parents
  • £442.30 per week for couples with OR without children
  • £296.34 per week for single people without children

 For those living elsewhere

  • £384.61 per week for single parents
  • £384.61 per week for couples with OR without children
  • £257.69 per week for single people without children

The overall amount of benefit you can have is ‘capped’. The Government adds up how much money you get from benefits, including housing benefit, jobseeker’s allowance, employment support allowance, child benefit, child tax credit and carer’s allowance. If the total adds up to more than the ‘cap’, any extra will not be paid. If you get housing benefit, it’s important to include this in your calculations. It can be easy to forget about housing benefit if it is paid direct to Paragon but the amount will still be included in the benefit calculations.

The rules WON’T apply if you get

  • Pension credit
  • Working tax credit
  • Someone living in your home claims disability living allowance, attendance allowance or the support element of employment support allowance

For more information about the benefit cap, visit this link.