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Your guide to benefit cap changes in 2016/17

21 July 2016
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From autumn 2016, the benefit cap is going to be reduced and will be set at a different level depending on whether you live inside or outside of London.

The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of income from certain benefits a household can receive. If you receive more than the benefit cap allows, your Housing Benefit or Universal Credit will be reduced until the amount you receive is below the cap.

Diagram showing the new weekly benefit cap

  • If you live in Greater London, the cap will reduce to £23,000 for couples with/without children, and to £15,410 for single people without children.
     
  • If you live elsewhere in the country, the cap will reduce to £20,000 for couples with/without children, and to £13,400 for single people without children.

Due to these changes, more of our residents will be affected by the cap. We will be working with the Department of Work and Pensions to identify residents affected and provide advice on their options, e.g. to increase their working hours and claim Working Tax Credit.

If you would like to discuss your rent payments and changes to the benefits cap with a member of our team, please call us on 0800 916 1516 or 0300 123 3579. You can also send us an email CIT.Income@sanctuary-housing.co.uk