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Benefit Cap

Benefit Cap

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.
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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. 

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