Newham

Benefit cap

In 2013, the Government introduced a limit on the total amount of benefits most people aged 16 to 64 can get.

If your household is affected by the benefit cap, your Housing Benefit may also be reduced.

The benefit cap

If you live in a London borough or City of London, the cap is:

  • £296.35 per week if you’re a single person and either you have no children or your children don’t live with you
  • £442.31 per week if you’re a couple with or without your children living with you
  • £442.31 per week if you’re a single parent and your children live with you.

  • If you live elsewhere in the UK, the cap will be:

  • £257.69 per week if you’re a single person and either you have no children or your children don’t live with you
  • £384.62 per week if you’re a couple with or without your children living with you
  • £384.62 per week if you’re a single parent and your children live with you.
If you are affected by the new cap figures from Autumn 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions should have written to tell you from what date the cap will apply to you and by how much.
Use the government's benefit cap calculator to find out how much your benefit might be capped.
 

Who is not affected by the benefit cap

You are not affected by the benefit cap if anyone in your household qualifies for:
If you or your partner worked for 52 weeks or more before stopping work, you may be exempt from the benefit cap for 39 weeks, starting from the day after you stopped work.
 
 

How to avoid the benefit cap

The best way to manage this change is by finding work and qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Our employment service, Newham Workplace, is here to support you into work.
You can register with Workplace online or call 020 3373 1101.

If you have any questions about the benefit cap and using Workplace, call us on 020 3373 4864 (Housing Benefit) or 020 3373 1982 (Council Tax Reduction).


You can also call the Department of Work and Pensions helpline on 0845 605 7064 for further advice, or visit your local Jobcentre Plus.
 
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