From September 2013 there has been a cap on the amount of benefits you can receive, unless you are exempt from this rule. If you are a lone parent or if you have a partner you will only be paid a maximum of £500 a week in benefits and for single people you will only be paid a maximum of £350.

You will be exempt from the cap if anyone in your household is getting:
• attendance allowance
• disability living allowance
• Personal Independence Payment
• industrial injuries benefits
• war disablement pension/armed forces compensation scheme payments
• war widow's pension

Or if you or your partner are getting:
• employment and support allowance support component.
• working tax credit