The benefit cap is changing from 23rd January

The benefit cap is changing from 23rd January


There’s a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is called the benefit cap. It went down in Autumn 2016.

In Birmingham, the new benefit cap fully applies from 23rd January.

The new cap is:

£384.62 a week for couples or lone parents

£257.69 a week for a single person


If you get more in benefits than these amounts, the total you will get for some benefits may go down. This usually means housing benefit is reduced. This could make it harder to pay your rent and you might get into arrears.


Am I capped?

If you are being capped, you should get a letter about it from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Not all benefits are counted for the cap. Also, some people are "exempt" so will not be capped; they include:

  • Households who qualify for Working Tax Credits
  • Households where somebody gets qualifying benefits, including:
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP), the support component of Employment Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Carers Allowance, or Guardians Allowance.

Those are some common exemptions but there are more. Check against all of them here.

If you think you should get one of the benefits that would exempt you from the cap, we recommend that you apply for them as soon as possible.


I’m being capped - what should I do?

Get in touch with your landlord directly, to discuss your rent.  You may need to work out how you will pay them the amount that housing benefit does not cover.

Click here for a list of suggestions for actions to take.

If you still need more advice, get in touch with us here in Birmingham.


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