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The law generally allows a person to have up to £6,000 in savings at any one time, before their means-tested benefits are affected. Therefore, if a person has £4,000 in savings, they can receive another £1,999 to ensure they remain below the limit. When the £6,000 is exhausted it can be replaced by another £6,000 and so on.
Different capital limits apply to Local Authority funding, but the principle remains the same.