Benefit cap

The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit you can receive. It applies to most people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age. The benefit cap affects:

  • Universal Credit
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance (or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widow’s Pension if you started getting it before 9 April 2001)

You might not be affected by the benefit cap if you get certain benefits or you’re over State Pension age. If you’re claiming Universal Credit the benefit cap might not start for 9 months, depending on your earnings.

You can find more information on the benefit cap here.