From 15 July 2013, a 'cap' (a maximum limit) will be introduced on the total amount of benefit that working age people can receive if they are not working.
Birmingham will commence work on claims that are affected from August 2013 onwards.
The Government expects all Authorities to be applying the benefit cap by the end of September 2013.
The actual amount of benefit paid (including Housing Benefit) will be limited to:
A maximum of £500 a week:
• If you are a couple (with or without children), or
• If you are a lone parent (and the children you have responsibility for live with you).
A maximum of £350 a week if you are a single person.
The cap will apply to combined income from the main out of work benefits (Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance etc.) and Housing Benefit, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credits.