Changes to benefit cap levels to be introduced from 7 November 2016
From Monday 7th November 2016, the current benefit cap levels will be lowered as part of the Welfare Reform and Work Act (2016).
The benefit cap is going to be reduced and will be set for people living outside London:
- £384.62 a week if you are a couple or have children and live outside London
- £257.69 a week if you are a single person and live outside London
The benefits affected by the changes from Monday 7th November 2016, and applies to the total amount people in your household (you, your partner and any children living with you) are:
- Employment and Support Allowance (unless you get the ‘support’ component)
- Widowed Parent’s Allowance (or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widows Pension if you started getting it before 9th April 2001)
- Universal Credit (unless you’ve had a work capability assessment and aren’t fit for work)
Payments towards carer’s costs in Universal Credit won’t be affected by the benefit cap from Monday 7th November 2016.
Carer's Allowance and Guardian's Allowance will be exempt from the benefit cap from Monday 7th November 2016, when the cap is reduced.
Council Tax Support, the replacement for Council Tax Benefit, is not included in the cap and one-off payments like the social fund are also not included.
You will not be affected by the cap if:
- you are over pension age
- you are in work and entitled to Working Tax Credit (even if you don't receive a payment because your income is too high)
- you have recently been in work - see exemptions for current or recent work
- you, your partner or a child receives a disability benefit - see exemptions for disability
- you live in supported exempt accommodation
- you do not receive Housing Benefit (unless you claim Universal Credit)
If you receive any of the following disability benefits you will be exempt from the cap:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance with a support component
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Limited Capability for Work Related Activity element of Universal Credit
- War widows and widowers will also be exempt
If you are affected by the reduction in the benefit cap,
Equality Together Information & Advice offers free benefits advice to disabled people, their families and carers, anyone with mental health problems and those who are sick and unable to work.
If you would like benefit advice, please telephone: 01274 594173 between the hours of 9:30am and 12:30pm, Monday and Tuesday. Please note that a waiting list may operate.
If you are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Do you need advice about benefits? Do you need a BSL interpreter?
Please contact Morley Street on one of the numbers below to book an appointment with Equality Together Information & Advice who can give advice at Morley Street Resource Centre and let them know if you need to arrange a BSL interpreter.
- Text SMS number: 0780 000 2274
- Minicom number: 01274 435021
- Fax number: 01274 435482
Note: These numbers are only for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Also, they are several other free local advice services in the Bradford District which can be found by visiting Community Advice Network (CAN) which gives free, confidential, impartial, independent and reliable advice and information to people living or working in Bradford District.