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Important: Benefit Cap Changes From Autumn

July 26, 2016

With many thanks to Gail Ward.

 

From Autumn 2016 the benefit cap is going to be reduced and will be set at a different level depending on whether you live inside or outside London:
• £442.31 a week if you are a couple or have children and live in London
• £384.62 a week if you are a couple or have children and live outside London
• £296.35 a week if you are a single person and live in London
• £257.69 a week if you are a single person and live outside London

When the reduced benefit cap is introduced, the benefits included when seeing if your benefit income exceeds the cap will be:
• Child Benefit
• Child Tax Credit
• Housing Benefit
• Incapacity Benefit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment and Support Allowance (except when in the support group)
• Maternity Allowance
• Severe Disablement Allowance
• Widowed Parent’s Allowance & Bereavement Allowance
If you are affected by the reduction in the benefit cap your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will be reduced at some point after Autumn 2016. When this happens will depend on where you live and as yet no schedule has been released.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2016 10:41 am

    Reblogged this on Mark Catlin's Blog and commented:
    Thanks for posting – useful information

  2. July 26, 2016 3:25 pm

    No mention of PIP which is a disregarded benefit. But if they ever did include it there would be riots. I for one wouldn’t pay and as a protest I would stop council tax payments as well

    • Spoonydoc permalink
      July 27, 2016 12:33 pm

      If you are on PIP/DLA or Attendence Allowance you are not subject to the benefit cap.

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