From June 2013, the UK government will introduce a cap on the total amount of benefit that working age people (16-64 years old) can receive, however the date of this change for people living in West Dunbartonshire area has not yet been announced.

This means that the total of your main out-of-work benefits, housing benefit, child benefit and child tax credit will be limited to:

  • £350 per week if you are a single person of working age
  • £500 per week for other households

The cap is most likely to affect you if you get a number of benefits and live in accommodation that has a high rent.  The cap will not affect households that include anyone who receives certain disability benefits.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be writing to those people who will be affected by this change.

What can I do?

If you are worried about this, speak to the council's Advice Service or the Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Alternatively, if you receive a letter from the DWP, or you want to report a change, it is worth asking Advice Service or the Citizens Advice Bureau to double-check your benefits, especially if you or any of your children have disabilities.