Press release

Benefit Cap implementation

Benefit Cap roll out will start in April in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey and rolled out across the country throughout the summer.

The Department for Work and Pensions today confirmed the four London local authorities where the Benefit Cap roll out will start in April. It will be introduced in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey and rolled out across the country throughout the summer. The cap will be in place across the whole country by summer 2013.

The Benefit Cap will see the amount people can receive in benefits capped at the average earned income after tax and National Insurance for working households of £500 a week for couple and single parent households - the equivalent of £26,000 per year.

It will apply to the combined income from JSA, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Child Benefit, Child Tax Credits and other benefits. 

Certain households including those with someone in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or the Support Component of ESA and war widows and widowers will be exempt. To increase the incentive for people on out-of-work benefits to find work, households with a member who is entitled to Working Tax Credit will also be exempt from the benefit cap

The Department for Work and Pension’s has allocated £100 million in Discretionary Housing Payments to help support vulnerable people affected by this change.

Notes to Editors:

  1. From April 2013 we will cap benefits at £500 a week for couple and single parent households (£26,000 pa net/£35,000 pa gross) and £350 a week for single adult households. This is based on the average earned income after tax and National Insurance for working households.
  2. The cap will start in four London local authority areas, Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey from April 2013. It represents a diverse cross-section of areas within London. Full roll-out will be complete by summer 2013.
  3. We are working with all Local Authorities to help them prepare for and implement these changes.
  4. Discretionary Housing Payments are allocated for local authorities to provide claimants with financial assistance, in addition to any welfare benefits, when an LA considers that additional help with housing costs is required.

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