Benefit cap

There is a limit to the amount of benefits 16 to 64 year olds can get. This is known as a benefit cap.

How much you are paid for certain benefits may go down to make sure that you don't receive more than the following cap amount:

  • £384.62 a week for couples or single parents with children
  • £257.69 a week for single people 

Benefits affected

The cap applies to the total amount you, your partner and any children living with you get in benefits. It includes:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (without the support component)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit (unless you've had a work capability assessment and aren't fit for work)
  • Widowed Parent's Allowance (also known as Widow's Pension or Widowed Mother's Allowance)

Exempt benefits

You won't be affected by the cap if you, your partner or any children living with you get any of the following:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (with the support component)
  • Guardian's Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefits
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • War Widow or War Widower's Pension
  • Working Tax Credit