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Benefits capped countrywide

The benefit cap has now been rolled out to all 340 local authority areas across the country. It is expected that around 40,000 households will have their benefit capped as a result.

Benefits are capped at £500 a week for couples and those with children, and £350 a week for single people. People claiming Working Tax Credit will be exempt and households where someone is claiming benefits such as Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments will also be exempt.  There will also be a ‘grace period’ during which the benefit cap will not be applied for 39 weeks to those who have been continuously in work for the previous 12 months.

DWP has published a benefit cap calculator and other information for people who may be affected by the benefit cap or have any other queries.

13 August 2013

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