The benefit cap is a limit to the total amount a household can receive in certain benefits. If the amount you receive exceeds the limit, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will be reduced. Further information is available from the Department of Work and Pensions.
How much is the benefit cap?
Inside Greater London
- Couples £442.31 a week
- Single parents whose children live with them £442.31 a week
- Single adults £296.35 a week
To find out if your household will be affected by the benefit cap, please use the benefit cap calculator.
What can I do if my benefits are capped?
- Claim working Tax Credits - this would mean the benefit cap may not apply to you. See if you or your partner are able to get work, or increase your hours so that you can make a claim.
- Money Advice Services - can offer information on budgeting advice, debts or loans. They can also help you to examine your expenses to see whether you can reduce some of your outgoings so you will have more money to pay your rent.
- Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment - this may help in the short term to pay your rent, or pay for a deposit or removal expenses to help you move to cheaper accommodation.
- If you are finding it difficult to pay your rent and your landlord is a Housing Association, please contact them to discuss your situation.
- If you are finding it difficult to pay your rent and you have a private landlord, please contact them to discuss your situation.
- If you are finding it difficult to pay your rent and your landlord is Harrow Council, you can find more information on our Housing Advice page.
- If you think you are likely to be made homeless, you should let the council know as soon as possible.