Benefit Cap

The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) is introducing some changes to the benefit cap (maximum amount of Benefits claimed in 1 year), starting from 7th November 2016.

New Benefit Cap levels :

£20,000 a year for couples with or without children and lone parents (previously £26,000)

£13,400 for single people without children (previously £18,000).

They also include additional exemptions for recipients of Guardian’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who receive payments towards carer’s costs.

For more information about the benefit cap changes please visit www.Gov.UK/benefit-cap.

NEW – to calculate the Benefit Cap amount, try the online calculator

If you are affected by this, the Welfare Advice team are available to help you prepare for the changes.

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