In Dudley, from 15th July 2013, a limit will be put on the total amount of benefit that working age people can get. This is called a benefit cap. You will not be affected if you or your partner have reached State Pension Credit age.
If you’re affected, your Housing Benefit will go down to make sure that the total amount of benefit you get isn’t more than the cap level.
If your total income comes to more than the maximum amount allowed your housing benefit payments will be reduced. The cap will apply to the total amount that the people in your household get from a number of benefits.
The level of the cap will be:
You won’t be affected by the benefit cap if you qualify for Working Tax Credit, or if you get any of the following benefits:
If you’re already getting benefits and could be affected by the cap you’ll be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They’ll let you know what will happen to your benefits.