What is the 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.    

Who is exempt?

  • 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 receiving Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

What is the cap?

  • £384.62 per week for lone parents or couples (with or without children) 
  • £257.69 per week for single claimants.

Which benefits are included?

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Housing Benefit 
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit 

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