The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of certain benefits you can get and only applies to you if you are of working age. The benefit cap will only affect you if you are getting Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.
The cap will not be applied in full if you do not receive enough Housing Benefit. You could however, lose all of your Housing Benefit, except for a nominal amount of 50p which will continue to be paid.
Any childcare costs you get as part of Universal Credit will not be counted when your total benefit income is being worked out.
You will be exempt if:
The cap will apply to your combined income from the following benefits:
The following benefits are not included when working out your total benefit income for the purposes of the cap:
If you think you will or have already been affected by the benefit cap you can contact us at THT Direct by calling 0808 802 1221 or at Online Advice to explore ways to lessen the impact of or avoid the cap.
For example you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment or for Homelessness Assistance to help you move to somewhere more affordable.
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