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Further information : Compensation and state benefit deductions

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Payment of compensation to victims receiving state benefit can result in their benefits being affected. Where the award brings the victim over the upper capital limit, this can mean that benefits will stop altogether and the victim will have to live off the compensation award until the money drops below the limit.

Current capital limits for income related benefits are as follows:

Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Family Credit: lower limit 3,000, upper limit 8,000

Disability Working Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit: lower limit 3,000, upper limit 16,000.

More details are on the Department for Work and Pensions website.


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