The cap was introduced from July 2013 and is applied to the combined income from the main out-of-work benefits, plus child benefit and child tax credits for people of working age only.
From July 2013 to 31 March 2016 the cap was:
- £500 p/wk for couples and lone parents
- £350 p/wk for single adults
From 7 November 2016 the DWP have reduced the cap to:
- £384.62 p/wk for couples and lone parents
- £257.69 for single adults
The DWP have updated their benefit cap calculator.