what is a benefit cap

The benefit cap is a limit set by the DWP on the total amount of benefit that most people aged between16 to 64 can get. The total amount your household gets from some benefits might go down to make sure you don’t exceed than the cap limit.


The benefit cap affects the following benefits:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance (or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widow’s Pension if you started getting it before 9 April 2001)
  • Universal Credit

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