Benefit Cap and Universal Credit

Two major changes to the benefits system have taken place under the Government’s welfare reform programme.

The introduction of a new (second) benefit cap

  • The overall benefit’s cap for a household has been substantially reduced from £26,000 to £20,000 per year
  • If you currently receive over £20,000 per year in benefits, you may be affected. To find out if you will be affected, go to the Benefit Cap webpage to find out more.

The full roll-out of Universal Credit

If you currently receive, or would have been eligible to receive, or you have any change in circumstances that would have affected any of the following benefits, you need to know about Universal Credit and how it will affect you.

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
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