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How much is the benefit cap?

Benefit cap

The benefit cap is:

Within Greater London

  • £296.35 a week if you are a single person (with no children)
  • £442.31 a week in all other cases

Outside Greater London

  • £257.69 a week if you are a single person (with no children)
  • £384.62 a week in all other cases

If your total income from the relevant benefits is greater than your cap, the local authority will reduce your housing benefit until this income equals the cap.

You may not have the full cap applied if your housing benefit is too low.

You may also be able to get discretionary housing payments (DHPs) if your housing benefit has been reduced because of the benefit cap.

Test how the benefit cap might affect you at www.gov.uk/benefit-cap-calculator

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