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Welfare Changes:

Personal Independence Payments

Benefit Cap

Universal Credit

Employment and Support Allowance

Housing Benefit

Finance Support

Disputing a Social Security Benefit Decision

Benefit Cap

The benefit cap was introduced in Northern Ireland in May 2016. This restricts the amount of money a person or family can receive on certain benefits.

The limits are set at:

  • 500 a week if your household is made up of a couple (with or without children) or you are a lone parent and you have children living with you, that you are responsible for ; or
  • 350 a week if you are a single person and have no children living with you

If you receive certain benefits you will be exempt from the cap. Click on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/the-benefit-cap for information on the benefits that will incur the benefit cap and those that will exempt you.

If affected by the benefit cap your housing costs are reduced to impose the cap. There is full help via a mitigations package to help anyone affected by this change and you do not need to apply. The Department for Communities will contact you to inform you and will automatically set up the payments to ensure you are not affected.

For more information on the Benefit Cap click on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/the-benefit-cap

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