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Benefit Cap

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A limit on the amount of “welfare benefit” that a single benefit claimant or couple of working age may receive for themselves and their dependants. The rate is £500 a week for couples and lone parents and £350 a week for single people without children.


  • Sections 96 and 97 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012; Regulations 75A to 75H of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006; Regulations 78 to 83 of the Universal Credit Regulations 2013.