Benefit cap

The amount you can get in benefits may be capped. The Government will add up how much money you get paid in benefits, including:

  • Housing benefit
  • Job seeker’s allowance
  • Employment support allowance
  • Child benefit.

If the total adds up to more than the maximum allowed, your housing benefit payments will go down.

The maximum benefit you can get is:

  • £500 a week for single parents
  • £500 a week for couples with or without children
  • £350 a week for single people without children.

This won’t apply to you if you get pension credit or working tax credit, or someone in your home claims disability living allowance, attendance allowance or support element of employment support allowance.

If this does apply to you the Department for Work and Pension will write to you if this affects you, to explain how the benefit is calculated. You'll need to think about how to budget with your reduced income. If you need help to budget, have a look at our Help with budgeting page.