The Benefit Cap amount will be changing from April 2023.
Before April 2023:
- £384.62 a week for couples or single parents with children
- £257.69 a week for single people
From April 2023:
- £423.46 a week for couples or single parents with children
- £283.71 a week for single people
The Benefit Cap affects the amount of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit you can receive.
If you are pension age the Benefit Cap will NOT affect you.
Who could be affected?
People who receive Universal Credit, or Housing Benefit claimant's whose claims are based on the working age rules.
Who could be exempt?
The cap will not apply if you, your partner or any children you are responsible for, qualify for Working Tax Credit or have been awarded any of the following:
- Carers Allowance
- Guardian Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- The support component of Employment and Support Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent payments as part of a war disablement pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
- War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension
- Limited capability for work related activity element of Universal Credit
Did you know?
If you have been in employment for 52 weeks or more when you claim benefit you will be exempt from the cap for up to 39 weeks.
How will I find out if I'm affected?
The Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) have written to the people who will be affected by these changes telling them about the amount of Housing Benefit they will lose. Please visit: www.gov.uk/benefit-cap-calculator to calculate how the cap will affect you.
If I'm going to get my benefits capped what will this mean to me?
If your amount of benefit over the cap is less than the amount of Housing Benefit you get, it will be deducted from your Housing Benefit so that you will receive less Housing Benefit.
For example: Your family receives a total of £450 a week in benefits, of which £150 is Housing Benefit. Your cap is £423.46, so you are £26.54 over which will be deducted from your Housing Benefit. You will receive only £123.46 Housing Benefit as part of your overall income of £423.46 (£150 Housing Benefit, less £26.54 ‘excess’ = £123.46 Housing Benefit).
If your amount of benefit over the cap is more than the amount of Housing Benefit you get, your Housing Benefit will be reduced to a set nominal sum of 50p a week.
For example: Your family receives a total of £600 a week in benefits, of which £150 is Housing Benefit. Your cap is £423.46, so you are £176.54 over which should be deducted from your Housing Benefit. But, as you only get £150 Housing Benefit, your Housing Benefit would be reduced by £149.50 to the set nominal amount of 50p.
You must pay the amount of rent that is not covered by Housing Benefit direct to Dover District Council. Remember: You can risk losing your home by not paying your rent.
What help is available?