Benefit Cap

Information on the cap on benefits

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is responsible for calculating whether a cap on benefit applies to you. 

The cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit that people of working age can receive. The benefit cap means that working age claimants will be paid no more in benefits than the average of the net earned income of working households, even if their full entitlement would otherwise be higher. 

If a benefit cap applies to you, we administer the cap by reducing your Housing Benefit payments. We have discretion on whether or not to apply the cap.

More information on the Benefit Cap .