Are You Affected By The Benefit Cap?

The benefit came into effect in November 2017 and limits the maximum amount of universal credit a household can receive per year.

The limit can only be reached by working age people who are out of work, all your benefit entitlement is included in the calculation from jobseekers to the housing benefit element.

Mainly households living in or around London will be affected by the benefit cap as they have a larger outlay when it comes to rent and expenses, see the reference below.

How Much Is The Benefit Cap 2019?

Inner London rates:

Claiming as a couple: £23,000 Per Year or £442.31 Per Week

Single parent (Children Live With You) £23,000 Per Year or £442.31 Per Week

Single claim (No Children) £15,410 Per Year or £296.35 Per Week


Outer London rates:

Claiming as a couple: £20,000 Per Year or £384.62 Per Week

Single parent (Children Live With You) £20,000 Per Year or £384.62 Per Week

Single claim (No Children) £13,40 Per Year or £257.69 Per Week

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