The Benefit Cap

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The Benefit Cap limits the amount of money that you will receive if you claim certain benefits. It applies to people of working age. You are exempt from the benefit cap if you are of pension age or if you work enough hours to claim working tax credits.

The following images show the total benefit cap per week. When all your benefits are calculated, your housing benefit or universal credit is reduced so your total benefits don’t go above the benefit cap limit.

If you are affected by the Benefit Cap, it is unlikely that you will be able to find affordable accommodation in Brent or even London. We will help you to explore options outside of London to ensure that you can obtain suitable and affordable accommodation.