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Benefits not included in the cap

Benefit cap

The following benefits are not included in the cap:

  • bereavement support payment
  • Best Start grants (Scotland)
  • budgeting loans
  • carer’s allowance
  • carer's allowance supplement (Scotland)
  • cold weather payments
  • council tax reduction
  • Discretionary Assistance Fund payments (Wales)
  • discretionary housing payments
  • Discretionary Support Payments (Northern Ireland)
  • employment and support allowance, if you get the support component
  • free school meals
  • funeral expenses payments
  • funeral support payments (Scotland)
  • guardian’s allowance
  • local welfare assistance payments (England)
  • pension credit 
  • Scottish child payment
  • Scottish Welfare Fund payments
  • state pension
  • statutory adoption pay
  • statutory maternity pay
  • statutory paternity pay
  • statutory parental bereavement pay
  • statutory shared parental pay
  • statutory sick pay
  • Sure Start maternity grants
  • working tax credit
  • young carer grant (Scotland)

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