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Benefit Cap

Another significant change under the welfare reform was the benefit cap, introduced in November 2016. This is the overall amount of benefit someone can receive capped to weekly amounts of:

  • £384.62 per week for lone parents or couples (with or without children)
  • £257.69 per week for single claimants

The Government will calculate how much money you get from a range of benefits, including:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment & Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit

If the total comes to more than the maximum amount allowed, your Housing Benefit payments will be reduced.

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