New cap on benefits

Release Date: 13-Jun-2016
This autumn, the maximum amount that people can claim in benefits is changing.
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 £20,000 a year for couples with or without children and lone parents and £13,400 for single people outside London.

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.

To find out more:

- find out more information and use an online calculator to see how your benefit may be affected by visiting www.Gov.UK/benefit-cap

- find out more about the benefits you may be able to claim, or the benefits which are exempt them from benefit cap by visiting www.Gov.UK/benefits-adviser

- call the DWP helplines to find out general information about the changes, and about the help they can provide: Benefit cap helpline Telephone: 0345 605 7064; Textphone: 0345 608 8551

Universal Credit Service Centre helpline Telephone: 0345 6000 723; Textphone: 0345 6000 743

You can also get in touch with KNH's specialist money advisors on 01484 414886 or email