Renfrewshire Council

Benefit Cap

In July 2013, the UK Government introduced a cap on the total amount that working age people can receive. The cap was originally set at £500 per week for families (including couples and lone parents) and £350 per week for single adults. 

The new Benefit Cap limits will be introduced from 7 November 2016.

Families (including couples and lone parents) will have the cap limit reduced to £384.62 a week, with single adults capped at £257.69 a week.

What does this mean for me?

If you receive more than the limit, Housing Benefit/Universal Credit is reduced to bring the total you receive down to the Benefit Cap limit.

Those identified as being affected on 7 November 2016 will have received a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions. Renfrewshire Council have have also sent letters to those affected, detailing how the lower cap thresholds will affect their Housing Benefit. The letter from the Council will also detail what support and advice is available so you can take steps to reduce the impact of this Welfare Reform.  

You can see what benefits are affected by the cap on the GOV.UK Benefit Cap webpage.