Benefits Cap

The Benefits Cap limits the total amount of benefits that working-age people can receive.

The benefit cap was introduced to ensure that workless households should no longer receive more in benefits than the average earnings of working households (after tax and national insurance deductions).

The cap

  • £423.46 for couples (with or without children living with them)
  • £423.46 for one parent households
  • £283.71 for single person households


Some claimants are exempt from the cap, this includes people in receipt of:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit

More information is available on the website - Benefit Cap.