Glasgow West Housing
Association Limited

5 Royal Crescent
G3 7SL
Phone:  0141 331 6650
Fax:      0141 331 6679


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What is the benefit cap? 

The benefit cap is a limit that has been placed by the UK government on the amount of benefit that can be paid to people who are receiving housing benefit or universal credit.
When it was introduced in 2013, the cap was £26,000 per annum (£18,200 for single people without children, however that also includes non-resident parents). The cap was reduced from November 2016 to £20,000 per annum (£13,400 for single people without children).

The original cap of £26,000 was based on the premise the non-working households shouldn’t receive more than the average earnings of working households, but this didn’t take into account that a working household might also receive some benefits and tax credits. There is no equivalent rationale for the lower limit of £20,000. 

The cap is applied by reducing the amount of housing benefit or universal credit that you are entitled to. This has the effect of leaving you with a shortfall between the rent you are charged and the benefit you receive to help you pay rent. 


AGM 2018

Our AGM took place on 25 June 2018, please see here for an update on the event and news that Linda Reid, Chief Executive will be retiring.

Annual Account 2017/18

Please click here to view the 2017/18 annual accounts