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Benefit cap – exemptions and protection

If you get certain benefits, the benefit cap doesn't apply to you.

If you or your partner or any children who live with you are entitled to the following benefits you will not be subject to the benefit cap.

  • working tax credit
  • attendance allowance
  • support component of employment support allowance
  • war widow / widower’s pension
  • disability living allowance
  • personal independence payment
  • industrial injuries benefit
  • armed forces compensation scheme payment
  • war pension scheme payments.


Some claimants who have been in employment for 52 weeks or more prior to when they claim benefit will be exempt from the benefit cap for a limited 'grace' period of up to 39 weeks.

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