Benefit Cap

The benefit cap was introduced in Northern Ireland in May 2016. This restricts the amount of money a person or family can receive on certain benefits.

  • Single people or couples who are of pension age
  • Households where one or more members receive Working Tax Credit
  • Households where at least one member receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Constant Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
  • War widows and widowers
  • Households where you, your partner or a dependent child receive carers allowance or guardians allowance
  • People in receipt of industrial injuries disablement
  • £384.62 per week for lone parents or couples (with or without children)
  • £257.69 per week for single claimants.
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit