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 Monday, 15 October 2018
Welfare Reform

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Benefit Cap


Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap is part of the government’s Welfare Reform. It is a restriction (or capping) of the total amount (including Housing Benefit) a household will be able to claim in benefits. Letters to affected claimants were sent out between 31 May and 10 June 2016 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In July 2015 the government announced reductions to the benefit cap. The total amount a household will be able to claim in benefits (including Housing Benefit) is:

Benefit Cap Factsheet tableTimescales

The cap was introduced in Autumn 2016.

Click here for more information on the Benefit Cap.


If the Benefit Cap affects you, our Money Matters Team can:

  • Check if you meet any of the exemption criteria
  • Check how much you need to pay towards your rent
  • Help with budgeting and support you to access debt advice.
  • Look at ways to reduce your energy costs.
  • Help you to develop your CV and find work.

Over the last year our Money Matters team has helped tenants to secure an annual total of £410,512 in savings and additional benefits.

You can call the Money Matters team on 0300 5000 600 or email



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