The cap was introduced from July 2013 and is applied to the combined income from the main out-of-work benefits, plus child benefit and child tax credits for people of working age only.
From 7 November 2016 the DWP reduced the cap to:
- £384.62 p/wk for couples and lone parents
- £257.69 for single adults
From July 2013 to 31 March 2016 the cap was:
- £500 p/wk for couples and lone parents
- £350 p/wk for single adult
The DWP have updated their benefit cap calculator.
Further help on budgeting for these changes can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Are you thinking of going back to work?
For advice on the benefits that may be available if you return to work please read our advice leaflet.