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Weekly rates unless otherwise shown.

2019 means 2019-20

2020 means 2020-21

Attendance Allowance

Attendance AllowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate87.6589.15
Lower rate58.7059.70

Bereavement Benefit

For deaths between 11 April 1998 and 5 April 2017.

Bereavement BenefitRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Widowed Parents Allowance119.90121.95

Bereavement Support Payment

For deaths occurring on or after 6 April 2017.

Bereavement Support PaymentRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard rate (lump sum)2,500.002,500.00
Standard rate monthly payments100.00100.00
Higher rate (lump sum)3,500.003,500.00
Higher rate monthly payments350.00350.00

Benefit cap

Rates introduced November 2016.

Reduction in annual level of benefit cap (Greater London)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age23,000.0023,000.00
Single adult households without children15,410.0015,410.00
Reduction in annual level of benefit cap (rest of Great Britain)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age20,000.0020,000.00
Single adult households without children13,400.0013,400.00
Monthly equivalent (Greater London)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age1,916.671,916.67
Single adult households without children1,284.171,284.17
Monthly equivalent (rest of Great Britain)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age1,666.671,666.67
Single adult households without children1,116.671,116.67
Weekly equivalent (Greater London)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age442.31442.31
Single adult households without children296.35296.35
Weekly equivalent (rest of Great Britain)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age384.62384.62
Single adult households without children257.69257.69

Capital limits

Rules common to Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related ESA, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, and Universal Credit unless stated otherwise.

Capital limitsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Upper limit16,000.0016,000.00
Upper limit – Pension Credit and those getting Housing Benefit and Pension Credit Guarantee CreditNo limitNo limit
Amount disregarded – all benefits except Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Guarantee Credit6,000.006,000.00
Amount disregarded – Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Pension Credit10,000.0010,000.00
Child disregard (not Pension Credit, Employment and Support Allowance nor Housing Benefit)3,000.003,000.00
Amount disregarded (living in residential care or a nursing home)10,000.0010,000.00

Tariff income

1 for every 250, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit.

Pension Credit and Housing Benefit where claimant or partner is over Guarantee Credit qualifying age, 1 for every 500, or part thereof, above or between the amount of, capital disregarded and any capital upper limit applicable.

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s AllowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer’s Allowance66.1567.25

Deductions

Rules common to Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit unless stated otherwise.

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Aged 25 and over in receipt of Income Support and income-based JSA,
or any age in receipt of main phase income-related ESA,
aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work
15.6015.85
Aged 18 or over and in remunerative workRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Gross income: less than 14915.6015.85
Gross income: 149 to 216.9935.8536.45
Gross income: 217 to 282.9949.2050.05
Gross income: 283 to 376.9980.5581.90
Gross income: 377 to 468.9991.7093.25
Gross income: 469 and above100.65102.35

Deductions from Housing Benefit

Service charges for fuel

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Heating32.7034.30
Hot water3.804.00
Lighting2.602.75
Cooking3.804.00

Amount ineligible for meals

3 or more meals a dayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single claimant28.5529.05
Each person in family aged 16 or over28.5529.05
Each child under 1614.5014.75
Less than 3 meals a dayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single claimant19.0519.35
Each person in family aged 16 or over19.0519.35
Each child under 169.559.70
Breakfast only - claimant and each member of the family3.553.60

Amount for personal expenses (not Housing Benefit)

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Amount for personal expenses (not Housing Benefit)25.6026.05
DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Arrears of housing, fuel and water costs Council Tax etc. and deductions for Eligible Loan Deduction Scheme and Integration Loan Scheme3.703.75

Child Maintenance deduction

DeductionsRates 2020 ()
Standard deduction8.40

Arrears of Community Charge

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Court order against claimant3.703.75
Court order against couple5.755.85

Fine or compensation order

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard rate5.005.00
Lower rate3.703.75

Recovery of overpayments (not contribution-based JSA or contribution-based ESA)

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum deduction rates for recovery of overpayments (not contribution-based JSA or contribution-based ESA) ordinary overpayments11.1011.25

Fraud overpayments

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit only18.5018.75
Benefits (not Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit)29.6030.00

Deductions from contribution-based JSA and contribution-based ESA

Arrears of community charge and overpayment recovery

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Age 16 to 2419.3019.63
Age 25 and over24.3624.78

Arrears of council tax and fines

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Age 16 to 2423.1623.56
Age 25 and over29.2429.74

Maximum deduction for arrears of child maintenance

DeductionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
age 16 to 2419.3019.63
age 25 and over24.3624.78

Dependency increases

Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after children

Dependency increasesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Long-term Incapacity Benefit65.2066.30
Unemployability Supplement66.1567.25
Severe Disablement Allowance39.1039.75
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)62.7563.80
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under State Pension age)50.8051.65

Child Dependency Increases

Dependency increasesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Payable with:
State Pension
Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widowed Parent’s Allowance
short-term Incapacity benefit higher rate or over State Pension age
long-term Incapacity Benefit
Carer’s Allowance
Severe Disablement
Unemployability Supplement
11.3511.35
The rate of child dependency increase is adjusted where it is payable for the eldest child for whom child benefit is also paid. The weekly rate in such cases is reduced by the difference (less 3.65) between the Child Benefit rates for the eldest and subsequent children.8.008.00

Disability Living Allowance

Disability Living Allowance care componentRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Highest87.6589.15
Middle58.7059.70
Lowest23.2023.60
Disability Living Allowance mobility componentRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher61.2062.25
Lower23.2023.60

Disregards

Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit earnings disregardsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard (single claimant)5.005.00
Couple10.0010.00
Higher (special occupations/circumstances)20.0020.00
Lone parent25.0025.00
Childcare charges175.00175.00
Childcare charges (2 or more children)300.00300.00
Permitted work higher131.50140.00
Permitted work lower20.0020.00
Other income disregardsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Adult maintenance disregard15.0015.00
War disablement pension and war widows pension10.0010.00
Widowed mothers/parents allowance15.0015.00
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme10.0010.00
Student loan10.0010.00
Student’s covenanted income5.005.00
Income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)20.0020.00
Additional earnings disregard17.1037.10*
Income from subtenants (20 fixed from April 08)20.0020.00

Rate marked with * has been temporarily increased by The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020/371

Earnings disregardsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard (single claimant) (not income-related ESA)5.005.00
Couple (not income-related ESA)10.0010.00
Higher (special occupations/circumstances)20.0020.00
Partner of claimant (income-related ESA)20.00 (maximum)20.00 (maximum)
Other income disregardsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
War disablement pension and war widows pension10.0010.00
Widowed mothers/parents allowance10.0010.00
Armed Forces Compensation Scheme10.0010.00
Student loan (not Pension Credit)10.0010.00
Student’s covenanted income (not Pension Credit)5.005.00
Income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)20.0020.00
Income from subtenants (20 fixed from April 08)20.0020.00

Earnings rules

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer’s Allowance123.00128.00
Limit of earnings from councillor’s allowance131.50140.00
Permitted work earnings limit – higher131.50140.00
Permitted work earnings limit – lower20.0020.00
Industrial injuries unemployability supplement permitted earnings level (annual amount)6,838.007,280.00

Earnings level at which adult dependency (ADI) increases are affected

Short-term incapacity benefit

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Claimant under state pension age50.8051.65
Claimant over state pension age62.7563.80

Long-term Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Unemployability Supplement

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Dependant is living with claimant73.1074.35
Dependant still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule45.0945.09

Dependant is not living with claimant

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Long-term Incapacity Benefit65.2066.30
Unemployability Supplement66.1567.25
Severe Disablement Allowance39.1039.75

Earnings level at which child dependency increases are affected

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
First child240.00245.00
Additional amount for each subsequent child32.0033.00

Pension income threshold

Earnings rulesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Pension income threshold for Incapacity Benefit85.0085.00
Pension income threshold for contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance85.0085.00

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Personal allowances

Single

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 2557.9058.90
25 or over73.1074.35

Lone parent

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 1857.9058.90
18 or over73.1074.35

Couple

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Both under 1857.9058.90
Both under 18 with child87.5089.00
Both under 18 (main phase)73.1074.35
Both under 18 with child (main phase)114.85116.80
One 18 or over, one under 18 (certain conditions apply)114.85116.80
Both over 18114.85116.80
Claimant under 25, partner under 1857.9058.90
Claimant 25 or over, partner under 1873.1074.35
Claimant (main phase), partner under 1873.1074.35

Premiums

Enhanced disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single16.8017.10
Couple24.1024.50

Severe disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single65.8566.95
Couple (lower rate)65.8566.95
Couple (higher rate)131.70133.90

Carer premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer36.8537.50

Pensioner premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single with work-related activity component65.1069.85
Single with support component55.6060.20
Single with no component94.1599.40
Couple with work-related activity component111.35118.85
Couple with support component101.85109.20
Couple with no component140.40148.40

Components

ComponentsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Work-related activity29.0529.55
Support38.5539.20

Housing Benefit

Personal allowances

Single

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 2557.9058.90
25 or over73.1074.35
Entitled to main phase ESA 73.1074.35

Lone parent

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 1857.9058.90
18 or over73.1074.35
Entitled to main phase ESA 73.1074.35

Couple

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Both under 1887.5089.00
One or both 18 or over114.85116.80
Claimant entitled to main phase ESA 114.85116.80

Dependent children

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Dependent children66.9068.27

Pensioner

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single or lone parent – state pension age and over181.00187.75
Couple – one or both state pension age and over270.60280.85
Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
For the claimant and the other party to the marriage where one or more of the members of the marriage are state pension age or over270.60280.85
For each additional spouse who is a member of the same household as the claimant and one or more of the members of the marriage are state pension age or over89.6093.10

Premiums

Family premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Family17.4517.60
Family (lone parent rate)22.2022.20

Disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single34.3534.95
Couple48.9549.80

Enhanced disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single16.8017.10
Disabled child26.0426.60
Couple24.1024.50

Severe disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single65.8566.95
Couple (lower rate)65.8566.95
Couple (higher rate)131.70133.90

Disabled child premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Disabled child:64.1965.52

Carer premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer36.8537.50

ESA components

ComponentsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Work-related activity29.0529.55
Support38.5539.20

Incapacity Benefit

Incapacity BenefitRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Long-term Incapacity Benefit112.25114.15
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Lower rate84.6586.10
Higher rate100.20101.90
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Lower rate107.65109.50
Higher rate112.25114.15
Increase of long-term Incapacity Benefit for ageRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate11.9012.10
Lower rate6.606.70
Invalidity Allowance (transitional)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate11.9012.10
Middle rate6.606.70
Lower rate6.606.70

Income Support

Personal Allowances

Single

Personal AllowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 2557.9058.90
25 or over73.1074.35

Lone parent

Personal AllowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 1857.9058.90
18 or over73.1074.35

Couple

Personal AllowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Both under 1857.9058.90
Both under 18 - higher rate87.5089.00
One under 18, one under 2557.9058.90
One under 18, one 25 and over73.1074.35
Both 18 or over114.85116.80

Dependent children

Personal AllowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Dependent children66.9068.27

Premiums

Family and lone parent premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Family and lone parent17.4517.60

Pensioner premium (couples only)

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Pensioner (applies to couples only)140.40148.40

Disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single34.3534.95
Couple48.9549.80

Enhanced disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single16.8017.10
Disabled child26.0426.60
Couple24.1024.50

Severe disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single65.8566.95
Couple (lower rate)65.8566.95
Couple (higher rate)131.70133.90

Disabled child premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Disabled child64.1965.52

Carer premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer36.8537.50

Relevant sum for strikers

Relevant sum for strikersRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Relevant sum for strikers40.5041.00

Industrial Death Benefit

Widow’s pensionRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate129.20134.25
Lower rate38.7640.28
Widower’s pension129.20134.25

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Standard rate (assessed level of disablement)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
1.00179.00182.00
0.90161.10163.80
0.80143.20145.60
0.70125.30127.40
0.60107.40109.20
0.5089.5091.00
0.4071.6072.80
0.3053.7054.60
0.2035.8036.40
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)11,880.0012,080.00
Unemployability SupplementRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Unemployability Supplement110.65112.55
Increase for early incapacityRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate22.9023.30
Middle rate14.7014.90
Lower rate7.357.45
Maximum reduced earnings allowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum reduced earnings allowance71.6072.80
Maximum retirement allowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum retirement allowance17.9018.20

Constant Attendance Allowance

Constant Attendance AllowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Exceptional rate143.20145.60
Intermediate rate107.40109.20
Normal maximum rate71.6072.80
Part-time rate35.8036.40
Exceptionally severe disablement allowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Exceptionally severe disablement allowance71.6072.80

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

Contribution-based JSA

Personal ratesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 2557.9058.90
25 or over73.1074.35

Income-based JSA personal allowances

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 2557.9058.90
25 or over73.1074.35

Lone parent

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Under 1857.9058.90
18 or over73.1074.35

Couple

Personal allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Both under 1857.9058.90
Both under 18 - higher rate87.5089.00
One under 18, one under 2557.9058.90
One under 18, one 25 and over73.1074.35
Both 18 or over114.85116.80

Dependent children

Personal allowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Dependent children66.9068.27

Income-based JSA premiums

Family and lone parent premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Family and lone parent17.4517.60

Pensioner premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single89.9099.40
Couple133.95148.40

Disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single34.5534.95
Couple48.9549.80

Enhanced disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single16.8017.10
Disabled child26.0426.60
Couple24.1024.50

Severe disability premium

PremiumsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single65.8566.95
Couple (lower rate)65.8566.95
Couple (higher rate)131.70133.90

Disabled child premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Disabled child64.1965.52

Carer premium

PremiumRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer36.8537.50

Prescribed sum for strikers

Prescribed sum for strikersRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Prescribed sum for strikers40.5041.00

Maternity Allowance

Maternity AllowanceRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard rate148.68151.20
Maternity Allowance threshold30.0030.00

Pension Credit

Standard minimum guaranteeRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single167.25173.25
Couple255.25265.20
Additional amount for severe disabilityRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single65.8566.95
Couple (one qualifies)65.8566.95
Couple (both qualify)131.70133.90
Additional amount for carersRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Additional amount for carers36.8537.50
Savings CreditRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Threshold - single144.38150.47
Threshold - couple229.67239.17
Maximum - single13.7313.97
Maximum - couple15.3515.62
ChildrenRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
First child born before 6 April 201763.8464.82
Subsequent children53.3454.32
Disabled childRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Lower rate29.0229.52
Higher rate90.2392.12
Polygamous marriageRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage255.25265.20
Additional amount for additional spouse88.0091.45
Non-State PensionsRates 2019Rates 2020
Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit purposes)
Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions
2.40%1.70%

Personal Independence Payment

Daily living componentRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Enhanced87.6589.15
Standard58.7059.70
Mobility componentRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Enhanced61.2062.25
Standard23.2023.60

Severe Disablement Allowance

Basic rateRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Basic rate79.5080.85
Age-related addition (from December 1990)Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate11.9012.10
Middle rate6.606.70
Lower rate6.606.70

State Pension

New State Pension

New State PensionRates 2019Rates 2020
Full rate168.60175.20
Transitional rate below full rate2.5859%3.9146%
Protected payment2.40%1.70%
Increments – own (based on deferred new State Pension)2.40%1.70%
Increments – inherited (based on deferred old State Pension)2.40%1.70%

Old State Pension

CategoryRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Category A or B basic pension129.20134.25
Category B (lower) basic pension - spouse or civil partner’s insurance77.4580.45
Category C or D - non-contributory77.4580.45
Additional pensionRates 2019Rates 2020
Additional pension2.40%1.70%
Maximum additional pension (own and inherited)176.41179.41
IncrementsRates 2019Rates 2020
Basic pension2.40%1.70%
Additional pension2.40%1.70%
Graduated Retirement Benefit2.40%1.70%
Inheritable lump sum2.40%1.70%
Contracted-out deductionRates 2019Rates 2020
Contracted-out deduction from AP in respect of pre-April 1988 contracted-out earningsNilNil
Contracted-out deduction from AP in respect of contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 19972.40%1.70%
Graduated Retirement BenefitRates 2019Rates 2020
Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit)0.14160.1440
Increase of long term incapacity for ageRates 2019Rates 2020
Increase of long term incapacity for age2.40%1.70%
Age 80 additionRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Addition at age 800.250.25
Increase of long term incapacity for ageRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate22.9023.30
Lower rate11.2511.70
Invalidity Allowance (transitional) for State Pension recipientsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher rate22.9023.30
Middle rate14.7014.90
Lower rate7.357.45

Statutory Adoption Pay

Statutory Adoption PayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold118.00120.00
Standard Rate148.68151.20

Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Maternity PayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold118.00120.00
Standard rate148.68151.20

Statutory Paternity Pay

Statutory Paternity PayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold118.00120.00
Standard Rate148.68151.20

Statutory Shared Parental Pay

Statutory Shared Parental PayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold118.00120.00
Standard rate148.68151.20

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay

Statutory Shared Parental PayRates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold120.00
Standard rate151.20

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Sick PayRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Earnings threshold118.00120.00
Standard rate94.2595.85

Universal Credit

Monthly rates

Minimum amount

Universal Credit minimum amountRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Universal Credit minimum amount0.010.01

Standard allowance

Single

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 25251.77342.72*
Single 25 or over317.82409.89*

Couple

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 25395.20488.59*
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over498.89594.04*

Rates marked with * have been temporarily increased by The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020/371

Child amounts

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
First child (born prior to 6 April 2017)277.08281.25
First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second child and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies)231.67235.83

Disabled child additions

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Lower rate addition126.11128.25
Higher rate addition392.08400.29

Limited capability for work

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Limited capability for work amount126.11128.25
Limited capability for work and work-related activity amount336.20341.92

Carer

Universal Credit amountRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Carer amount160.20162.92

Childcare costs amount

Universal Credit amountsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum for one child646.35646.35
Maximum for two or more children1108.041108.04

Non-dependants

Non-dependants’ housing cost contributionsRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Non-dependants’ housing cost contributions73.8975.15

Work allowances

Work allowancesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Higher work allowance (no housing amount)
one or more dependent children or limited capability for work
503.00512.00
Lower work allowance
one or more dependent children or limited capability for work
287.00292.00

Assumed income

Assumed income from capitalRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Assumed income from capital for every 250 or part thereof, between capital disregard and upper capital limit4.354.35

Universal Credit daily sanction reduction rate

100% sanction reduction rate

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 258.2011.20
Single 25 or over10.4013.40
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 25 (per sanctioned claimant)6.408.00
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over and one is sanctioned (per sanctioned claimant)8.209.70

40% sanction reduction rate

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 253.304.50
Single 25 or over4.105.30
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 25 (per sanctioned claimant)2.503.20
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over (per sanctioned claimant)3.203.90

Third Party Deductions

5% of Universal Credit standard allowance (excludes deductions for rent and service charges included in rent)

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 2512.5917.14
Single 25 or over15.8920.49
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 2519.7624.43
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over24.9429.70

Deductions for fines

Maximum deductions for finesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Maximum deductions for fines108.35108.35

Deductions for rent and service charges

Minimum deductions for rent and service charges included in rent at 10% of Universal Credit standard allowance (10% minimum introduced from November 2014).

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 2525.1834.27
Single 25 or over31.7840.99
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 2539.5248.86
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over49.8959.40

Maximum deductions for rent and service charges included in rent at 20% of Universal Credit standard allowance (20% maximum introduced from November 2014).

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 2550.3568.54
Single 25 or over63.5681.98
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 2579.0497.72
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over99.78118.81

Overall maximum deduction rate at 30% of Universal Credit standard allowance

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 25100.71102.82
Single 25 or over127.13122.97
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 25158.08146.58
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over199.56178.21

Fraud overpayments, recoverable hardship payments and administrative penalties

30% of Universal Credit standard allowance

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 25100.71102.82
Single 25 or over127.13122.97
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 25158.08146.58
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over199.56178.21

Ordinary overpayments

Ordinary overpayments and civil penalties at 15% of Universal Credit standard allowance.

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 2537.7751.41
Single 25 or over47.6761.48
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 2559.2873.29
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over74.8389.11

Ordinary overpayments and civil penalties at 25% of Universal Credit standard allowance if claimant’s and/or partner’s earnings are over the work allowance.

SingleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Single under 2562.9485.68
Single 25 or over79.46102.47
CoupleRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Joint claimants both under 2598.80122.15
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over124.72148.51

Child Maintenance deduction

DeductionsRates 2020 ()
Standard deduction36.40

Widow’s Benefit

Widow’s Mother’s Allowance

Rates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
119.90121.95

Widow’s Pension

Standard rateRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
Standard rate119.90121.95

In the following table for age-related rates, refer to the age-points shown in brackets for deaths occurring before 11 April 1988.

Age-related ratesRates 2019 ()Rates 2020 ()
54 (49)111.51113.41
53 (48)103.11104.88
52 (47)94.7296.34
51 (46)86.3387.80
50 (45)77.9479.27
49 (44)69.5470.73
48 (43)61.1562.19
47 (42)52.7653.66
46 (41)44.3645.12
45 (40)35.9736.59

The Category C equivalent in Widow’s Pension (code: WPE) is still linked to the rate of Category C State Pension. Not relevant to the Order.

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