Benefits Cap

The Benefits Cap was introduced in the borough of Sefton in 2016 and 2017, with a phased approach. It means that there is now a limit on how much a non-working household can receive in benefits.

The limit has been set to match the average earnings in this country, and so it may change.

Currently the limits are:

£500 a week – for couples with or without children and/or single parents

£350 per week – for single people, not claiming as a couple

This cap will not apply to:

  • Existing pensioners
  • Households with one or more working tax claimant
  • Those claiming certain disability benefits which include disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments.

If you would like more information about your benefits, contact us on 0300 365 111 or email