On 7 November 2016, the Government is reducing the amount of income allowed by the benefit cap.In London, the new benefit cap threshold will be £442 per week for couples and lone parents, and £296 for single adults.Outside of London the benefit cap will be lower at £385 per week for couples and lone parents, and £258 for single individuals.
The Council's Ways into Work team may be able to help.
From 28 July 2016 the rules governing housing benefit and temporary absence outside of Great Britain (GB) are changing.
If you are on housing benefit and you temporarily leave GB your absence can not be more than 4 weeks.
If you are receiving housing benefit, your household's combined income from job seekers allowance, income support, employment and support allowance, housing benefit, child benefit, child tax credit, bereavement allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, widowed parents allowance, widowed mothers allowance, and widow's pension will be added together.
If this exceeds £442 a week the housing benefit will be restricted until the £442 limit is not breached.
With single individuals the limit will be £296 per week.
If you are already receiving universal credit, a household's combined income from bereavement allowance, employment and support allowance (contribution-based, jobseeker's allowance (contribution-based), maternity allowance, universal credit (before any sanctions are applied), and widowed parent's allowance (or any widowed mother's allowance or widow's pension will be taken into account.
Where an individual is over the cap threshold the housing element of universal credit will be restricted.
Benefit cap calculator The following households will be exempt from the cap where the claimant, partner or a dependent child is receiving one of the following: In all cases it must be the claimant, partner or a dependent child that receive the benefit for the exemption to apply.