Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap is a reduction in the total amount of benefit that you can receive. In November 2016, the Benefit Cap was reduced and changes were made depending on where you live in the UK.

The total amount you can receive if you live outside Greater London is £20,000 per year and £23,000 per year if you live in Greater London.

The benefits affected by the cap are:

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income Support
  • Child Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance or Widowed Mother’s or Widow’s Pension.

The new capped amounts are shown in the table below:

Single Couple

Live Outside

 Greater London

Live in

 Greater London

Dependants (Yes)

Dependants (No)

Live with Dependants (Yes) 

Live with Dependants (No)

Amount Awarded(per week)

X   X     X     £257.69
X   X   X     X £257.69
X   X   X   X   £384.62
  X X   X X X X £384.62
X     X   X     £296.35
X     X X     X £296.35
X     X X   X X £442.31
  X   X X X X X £442.31


Tick If you receive any of these benefits you might be exempt from the benefit cap.  

Tick Please use this benefit calculator to find out if you are affected by the benefit cap.

We understand that the benefit cap might affect your income and in the case that you experience any financial difficulties or changes in your financial or personal circumstances, please get in touch with our Income Maximisation Advisers by calling Customer Services on 0300 500 6262 or emailing