The Benefit cap and two child limit - supporting struggling families

This workshop provides an update on two separate policies which significantly cut the amount of benefits and tax credits that families can get both in and out of work.

The benefit cap affects around 400 Salford families with drastic cuts to housing benefit and universal credit.

The two child limit affects families both in and out of work with no additional Universal Credit or Child Tax Credit for more than two children, unless the children are born before 6 April 2017 or special circumstances apply.

This workshop is ideally for those with a working knowledge of means-tested benefits.

Workshop content

  • Identify families affected by the cap
  • Understand how the cap affects housing benefit and universal credit
  • Identify families who could be exempt from the cap
  • Identify families affected by the two child limit
  • Understand how the limit affected child tax credit and universal credit
  • Identify children who are exempt from the limit
  • Support families to claim a discretionary housing payment
  • Access emergency help
  • Identify employment, housing and other support for families
  • Identify cases that can be challenged

What participants said last time:

  • “Trainers very knowledgeable and delivered well.” Project worker, Salford Foyer.
  • Very good and informative. All relevant in my role.” Skills and Work Adviser
  • All the course was very useful. This will help all my clients I need to do DHPs for.” Supported tenancy officer 

We will be running our next programme of welfare reform workshops from January 2019. If you would like one of the workshops or a bespoke workshop for your team then please contact for details.

This page was last updated on 27 March 2018

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