Introducing the benefit cap
The government’s benefit cap came into force on 7 November 2016 across County Durham.
The ‘cap’ places a limit on the total amount of benefit people of a working age can claim if they are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.
So if you are above the cap limit, the level of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will be reduced.
How much is the benefit cap?
The level of the cap from November 2016 will be:
- £257.69 per week if you are a single person
- £384.62 per week if you are a couple or have children.
Please note that only those who are in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit, and whose total benefits exceed these amounts, will be affected.
How can I find out if my benefits will be capped?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wrote to those affected in May to make them aware of the incoming changes.
However if you are unsure, or want to find out more about the government’s changes to the welfare system, get in touch.
Alternatively you can contact the DWP about the cap and its rollout on 0345 605 7064.