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Benefit capped to £500 or £350 per week

From 15th July 2013, the Government has introduced new rules where the total amount of benefits for working age claimants who are not working will be capped.

These amounts include the following incomes:

It does not include Council Tax Support, social fund payments, in work and return to work credits, one off payments, non-cash benefits (e.g. free prescriptions) and passported benefits such as free school meals or other disability related benefits such a Disability Living Allowance.

If your total benefit is more than these maximum amounts, your Housing Benefit will be reduced to meet these new rules. There will be transitional protection for nine months for people who:

Preparing for the change

The Government advises that you should:

Action you can take

Whatever you do - do something!

If you are affected by these changes, you will have been contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions. Once you know you will be affected by the changes above you should take action. Some of the action you can take might include:

For more information, use the link to 'related articles' on the right or see the factsheet below.

Related documents

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[454kb] Benefit Cap factsheet Information about the Benefit Cap

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