A cap on the amount of benefits a single person or family can receive was introduced in September 2013.
The cap is £500 a week for a family, and £350 a week for a single person. This is known as the benefit cap.
If you are getting more than these amounts, your housing benefit will be reduced and you may have to move to cheaper housing.
The cap amount and the benefits that are affected by the cap will be changing on 7 November 2016. The new cap will be £384.62 per week for a couple/family with children, and £257.69 per week for a single person.
If you are affected by these changes, you should already have been notified by letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They will contact us shortly before the changes take effect and we will then be able to adjust your Housing Benefits accordingly. Until then, any queries you may have should be directed to the DWP.
Once your benefits have been re-calculated, you may see a large reduction in your weekly payment.
If you are struggling to pay your rent you may qualify for extra help by making an application for a Discretionary Housing Payment - please contact the Lichfield Connects team on 01543 308900 for an application form. There is limited funding available for DHPs – this will only be a temporary measure whilst you find a more permanent and sustainable solution to covering your housing costs.
Are there any exceptions?
The benefit cap does not apply where any household member receives:
- Disability living allowance
- Personal independence payments
- Attendance allowance
- The support part of employment and support allowance
- Working tax credit
- War widows/widowers pensions
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme/Independence Payment
- Industrial Injuries Benefit (or equivalent as part of a War Disablement Pension)
- UC payment for ‘limited capability for work and work- related activity’
For more information please visit the Department for Work & Pensions website.