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Benefit Cap 2022: How Does it Work?

The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefit most people can get from the age of 16 to 64. Check a list of benefit cap amounts and which benefits get affected.

BENEFIT CAP UK: The government announced the introduction of the benefit cap in 2010. It got full implementation in September 2013.

Unwelcome by many, it placed a limit on the total amount of income a household can get from certain benefits.

Several things happen if you receive more than the benefit cap allows. For example, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit get an automatic reduction. Thus, your rights to benefit entitlement comes back inside the cap.

A couple, or those with children, would get capped at £500 per week up to November 2016. The limit for a single person without children was £350.

But, the benefit cap rules changed from the 7th of November 2016. It got reduced and set at several different levels. The amounts now depend on whether you live inside Greater London or outside the capital.

The update affects the amount a household can get from a list of benefits. Thus, your income might go down to ensure it does not exceed the benefit cap limit.

Benefits Included in the Benefit Cap

Benefit Cap Exclusions and Exemptions

The current DWP benefit cap will not have any effect providing you or your partner:

The ceiling levels will not have any effect if you, your partner, or any children under 18 living with you, receive:

2022 Benefit Cap Amounts Inside and Outside London

The household income for benefit claimants living outside the Greater London area gets capped at:

The household income for benefit claimants living inside the Greater London area gets capped at:

Getting Help with the Benefit Cap

The Department for Work and Pensions have a helpline for the benefit cap.

For Universal Credit
Telephone: 0800 328 9344
Telephone (Welsh): 0800 328 1744
Textphone: 0800 328 1344
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Note: You can also contact the DWP through the journal in a Universal Credit online account.

For any other benefits
Telephone: 0800 169 0145
Telephone (Welsh): 0800 169 0238
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
Call charges in the United Kingdom.


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Benefit Cap Calculator

The online tool gives you an estimate of how much your welfare benefit might get capped. You need to know the amounts of each benefit you get to use the benefit cap calculator facility.

The number of people in your household includes the claimant [you], your partner (if you have one), as well as any children you are responsible for and live with you.

Note: Claiming Universal Credit means you will be unable to check if you get affected by the benefit cap.

How the DWP Benefit Cap Works in United Kingdom