Benefit rates 2016-2017

The following figures are the allowances for both means tested and non-means tested benefits. These figures are shown weekly unless otherwise stated.

Coins and money notes on a tableSome means tested benefits are paid at variable rates depending on your income and capital. The figures cover the period of 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017.

Means tested benefits

Income Support & Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
Personal allowances

Single – under 25: £57.90
Single – over 25: £73.10
Lone parent – under 18: £57.90
Lone parent – 18+: £73.10
Couple – both under 18: amount depends on circumstances
Couple – one under 18: amount depends on circumstances
Couple – both aged 18+: £114.85

Premiums

Carer: £34.60
Disability – single: £32.25
Disability – couple: £45.95
Disabled child: £60.06
Enhanced disability – single person/lone parent: £15.75
Enhanced disability  – couple: £22.60
Pensioner – single (JSA only): £82.50
Pensioner – couple (JSA only): £122.70
Severe disability – per qualifying person: £61.85

Employment and Support Allowance

Basic Allowance – single/lone parent: £73.10
Work-related activity component: £29.05
Support component: £36.20

Carer, enhanced disability, pensioner and severe disability premiums paid at the same rate as Income Support/income-based JSA

Pension Credit

Minimum guarantee – single: £155.60
Minimum guarantee - couple: £237.55
Additional amount – severe disability (per qualifying person): £61.85
Additional amount - carer: £34.60

Savings Credit Threshold – single: £133.82
Savings Credit Threshold – couple: £212.67
Savings Credit Maximum – single: £13.07
Savings Credit Maximum – couple: £14.75

Universal Credit – monthly amounts

Standard allowances - single – under 25: £251.77
Standard allowances – single – 25+: £317.82
Couple – both under 25: £395.20
Couple - one or both aged 25+: £498.89
Only/eldest child element: £277.08
Other children elements: £231.67
Disabled child element – lower rate: £126.11
Disabled child element – higher rate: £367.92

Limited capability elements:
For work: £126.11
For work–related activity: £315.60
Carer element: £150.39

Childcare costs: up to 85% of:
1 child: £656.35
2+ children: £1,108.04

Housing Benefit (where different to income support, income-related ESA, income related JSA or Pension Credit)
Personal Allowances

Single person under 25: £57.90

Single person under 25 (on main phase ESA): £73.10

Single person 25 or over: £73.10
Couple both under 18: £87.50
Couple both under 18 (claimant on main phase ESA): £114.85

Couple one or both 18 or over: £114.85

Dependent children under 20: £66.90

Single pensioner under 65: £155.60

Single pensioner 65 or over: £168.70

Pensioner couple both under 65: £237.55

Pensioner couple one or both over 65: £252.30

Working Tax Credit – annual amounts

Basic element: £1,960
Couple/lone parent: £2,010
30 hours element: £810
Disability element: £2,970
Severe disability element: £1,275

Childcare costs (70% of up to)
1 child (weekly rate): £175
2+ children (weekly rate): £300

Child Tax Credit – annual amounts

Family element: £545
Child element: £2,780
Disabled child: £3,140
Severely disabled child: £1,275

Non means tested benefits

Attendance Allowance

Lower rate: £55.10
Higher rate: £82.30

Bereavement Payment

Lump sum: £2,000.00

Bereavement Allowance

Aged 45–54: £33.77 – £104.67
Standard rate (55+): £112.55

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Standard rate: £112.55

Carer’s Allowance

Standard rate: £62.10
Adult dependant (some existing claimants only): £36.55

Child Benefit

Only/eldest child: £20.70
Other children: £13.70

Disability Living Allowance

Care component
Lower rate: £21.80
Middle rate: £55.10
Higher rate: £82.30

Mobility component
Lower rate: £21.80
Higher rate: £57.45

Guardian’s Allowance

Standard rate: £16.55

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Standard rate: £33.60 – £168.00

Maternity Allowance

Standard rate: £139.58

Personal Independence Payment
Daily living component

Standard rate: £55.10
Enhanced rate: £82.30

Mobility component

Standard rate: £21.80
Enhanced rate: £57.45

Statutory Adoption, Maternity and Paternity Pay

Standard rate: £139.58

Statutory Sick Pay

Standard rate: £88.45


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First published: Thursday 16 January 2014
Updated: Tuesday 29 November 2016