Welfare reform

Welfare Reform – Benefit Capping changes in Autumn 2016

The Benefit Cap sets a limit on the maximum amount of benefit payment that most working-age people can claim. If you receive more than the capped amount then either your Universal Credit, or your Housing Benefit, is reduced so that the total benefit you receive does not exceed the capped amount. 

The Benefit Cap changes will mean that the maximum amount you can receive in benefit will be reducing further in Autumn 2016. 

Department for Work and Pensions Statement 

The Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016) introduces some changes to the benefit cap. These changes, which will take effect in autumn 2016, include changes to the benefit cap levels to £23,000 a year for couples with or without children and lone parents and £15,410 for single people without children in Greater London, and £20,000 and £13,400 respectively for those groups elsewhere in Great Britain. They also include additional exemptions for recipients of Guardian’s Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimants who receive payments towards carer’s costs.

For more information about the benefit cap changes please visit www.gov.uk/benefit-cap