Benefit cap: Will the benefit cap affect you?


The government is limiting the total amount of benefit you can receive.

This may leave you facing a shortfall.

If the total amount of benefits you receive each week is more than the maximum allowed, your Housing Benefit payments will be cut.

The current cap amounts for Greater London are listed below:

Couples (with or without children) or a single parent:

  • £442.31 per week  

Single person without children or not living with your children:

  • £296.35 per week

The cap applies to the benefits you get as a household. It includes benefits received by you, your partner and any dependent children who live with you.

Will the benefit cap affect you?

The benefit cap will affect you if:

  • Both you and your partner are 60 or under.
  • You or your partner are not entitled to Working Tax Credit.
  • No one in the household qualifies for the these benefits:

           - Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

           - Industrial Injuries Allowance

           - War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension

           - Attendance Allowance (AA)

           - Employment Support Allowance (ESA) support element (work related activity 
             group not exempted)

           - Personal Independence Payment from April 2013

           - Carer's Allowance/Guardian's Allowance


Benefit Cap Calculator

Click the icon to open the benefit calculator.





You can use the calculator to:

  • Get an estimate of how much your Housing Benefit could be reduced by if you exceed the level of the benefit cap
  • Print the results

The information you put in will not be stored. The calculator will only take a few minutes to complete.




Talk to us

We have a dedicated team ready to help you through the changes

Tel: 020 7364 5015 (option 3, then option 3)