Household Benefit Cap

The total amount of benefit paid to a claimant will be capped. Caps will be set at the following:

  • £500 per week for single parent families and couples (with or without children living with them) and;
  • £350 a week for single adults (who don’t have children, or whose children don’t live with them).

The £500 cap is the equivalent to £26,000 per year, the average net take home salary of a working household.

The cap applies to the total income a household receives from any of the following benefits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Child Benefit
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (except where paid with support component)
  • Guardian’s Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s/Mother’s Allowance
  • Widow’s Pension

The cap is not expected to apply if the claimant, their partner or the children they are responsible for qualify for or have been awarded:

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Industrial Injuries Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP-new benefit)
  • Disability Living Allowance (to be abolished and replaced by PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (if paid with Support Component)
  • War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension

If the total amounts of benefits paid to you is higher than the cap your housing benefit will be reduced. Tenants are responsible for paying any shortfall in their rent on time and for keeping a clear rent account.

  • Benefit Cap Calculator - Get an estimate of how much your Housing Benefit could be reduced by if you exceed the level of the benefit cap.

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Useful links

Benefit Cap Calculator - Get an estimate of how much your Housing Benefit could be reduced by if you exceed the level of the benefit cap.

Contact details

Stevenage Borough Council
Telephone: 01438 242666
Fax: 01438 242384
Email: income@stevenage.gov.uk