Changes to benefits
The benefit cap sets a limit on the total amount in benefits that most working-age people can claim.
From 7 November 2016 the benefit cap limit is going to be lowered, which means that if you are already affected by the benefit cap, you are likely to lose more of your benefits or, if you have not already been affected, you may be when the new lower limit is introduced where you live.
The cap applies to the benefits you get as a household. It includes benefits received by you, your partner and dependent children who live with you.
If you were already affected by the original cap in 2013, your housing benefit or universal credit will be recalculated on 7 November 2016 when the new benefit cap comes into effect.
The new cap will reduce to:
The total amount a couple or a single parent can receive in benefits is:
£384.62 a week or £1666.67 per month
The total amount a single person can receive in benefits is:
£257.69 a week or £1116.67 per month
Tenants affected by the benefit cap from the autumn have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions, and should have received a letter outlining the impact of the cap on their income.
Plus Dane is also contacting tenants who will be affected by the benefit cap. Customers wanting for more advice and support can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a table that outlines when the benefit cap is expected to begin in each local authority:
To find out whether you will be affected by the benefit cap, or for more information about benefits you may be eligible for, visit the DWP website https://www.gov.uk/benefit-cap/overview