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Benefit Rates in the UK for 2016 to 2017
from The Department for Work and Pensions - DWP

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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2016 to 2017 - Page 1


April 2013 saw the phasing in of Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment replacing certain existing benefits via the new welfare reforms.

The DWP benefit rates for 2015 to 2016 are also listed. The Government has frozen increases on many benefit rates and you may see no increase for 2016 to 2017.

Included are pension and tax credit rates. The amount of benefit or credit that you may be entitled to is calculated based on your individual circumstances. Please note that the rules for benefits and tax credits are very complicated and you should seek advice if you are not sure about how the benefit and tax credit rules work.

Rates:

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Benefit - Allowance (please read above) Rates
2015 - 2016
Rates
2016 - 2017
Attendance Allowance (more information)
higher rate 82.30 82.30
lower rate 55.10 55.10
   
Bereavement Benefit (more information)
Bereavement payment  (lump Sum) 2000.00 2000.00
   
widowed parents allowance 112.55 112.55
   
Bereavement Allowance
standard rate 112.55 112.55
   
age related
age 54 104.67 104.67
53 96.79 96.79
52 88.91 88.91
51 81.04 81.04
50 73.16 73.16
49 65.28 65.28
48 57.40 57.40
47 49.52 49.52
46 41.64 41.64
45 33.77 33.77

Benefit Cap
 
In Housing Benefit (weekly rate):
Couples and lone parents 500.00 500.00
Single persons without children 350.00 350.00
 
In Universal Credit (monthly rate):
Joint claimants and single claimants with children 2167.00 2167.00
Joint claimants and single claimants without children 1517.00 1517.00
 
Capital Limits - rules common to Income Support,
Income based Jobseeker's Allowance,
income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
Pension Credit,
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit unless stated otherwise
 
upper limit 16000.00 16000.00
upper limit - Pension Credit guarantee and those getting HB/CTB and Pension Credit guarantee credit no limit no limit
Amount disregarded - all benefits except Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and for those above the qualifying age for Guarantee Credit. 6000.00 6000.00
Amount disregarded - Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Pension Credit 10000.00 10000.00
child disregard (not Pension Credit) 3000.00 3000.00
amount disregarded (living in RC/NH) 10000.00 10000.00
 
Tariff income
£1 for every £250, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit
 
Tariff income - Pension Credit and HB/CTB where clmt/ptner is over the Guarantee Credit qualifying age
£1 for every £500, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit
 
Carer's Allowance (more information) 62.10 62.10
 
Constant Attendance Allowance rates - see page 2
(more information)
 
Council Tax Support (formerly Council Tax Benefit) (more information)
Local Councils have devised their own schemes since April 2013 as a part of the welfare reforms.
 
Disability Living Allowance (more information)
Highest 82.30 82.30
Middle 55.10 55.10
Lowest 21.80 21.80
 
Mobility Component
Higher 57.45 57.45
Lower 21.80 21.80
 
Employment Support Allowance (more information)
 
Personal Allowances
Single
under 25 57.90 57.90
25 or over 73.10 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.90 57.90
18 or over 73.10 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 57.90 57.90
both under 18 with child 87.50 87.50
both under 18 (main phase) 73.10 73.10
both under 18 with child (main phase) 114.85 114.85
0ne 18 or over, one under 18 (certain conditions apply) 114.85 114.85
both over 18 114.85 114.85
claimant under 25, partner under 18 57.90 57.90
claimant 25 or over, partner under 18 73.10 73.10
claimant (main phase), partner under 18 73.10 73.10
 
Premiums
enhanced disability
single 15.75 15.75
couple 22.60 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.85 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.85 61.85
couple (higher rate) 123.70 123.70
 
carer 34.60 34.60
 
pensioner
single with WRAC 49.05 49.05
single with support component 41.90 41.90
single with no component 78.10 78.10
couple with WRAC 86.95 86.95
couple with support component 79.80 79.80
couple with no component 118.00 118.00
 
Components
Work-related activity 29.05 29.05
Support 36.20 36.20

Housing Benefit (more information)
Personal allowances
single
under 25 57.90 57.90
25 or over 73.10 73.10
entitled to main phase ESA 73.10 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.90 57.90
18 or over 73.10 73.10
entitled to main phase ESA 73.10 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 87.50 87.50
one or both 18 or over 114.85 114.85
claimant entitled to main phase ESA 114.85 114.85
 
dependent children 66.90 66.90
 
pensioner
single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65 151.20 151.20
couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65 230.85 230.85
single/lone parent - 65 and over 166.05 166.05
couple - one or both 65 and over 248.30 248.30
 
Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
 
disability
single 32.25 32.25
couple 45.95 45.95
 
enhanced disability
single 15.75 15.75
disabled child 24.43 24.43
couple 22.60 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.85 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.85 61.85
couple (higher rate) 123.70 123.70
 
disabled child 60.06 60.06
 
carer 34.40 34.60
 
ESA components
work-related activity 29.05 29.05
support 36.20 36.20
 
Incapacity Benefit (more information)
 
Long-term Incapacity Benefit 105.35 105.35
 
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)
lower rate 79.45 79.45
higher rate 94.05 94.05
 
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)
lower rate 101.10 101.10
higher rate 105.35 105.35
 
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age
higher rate 11.15 11.15
lower rate 6.20 6.20
 
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)
higher rate 11.15 11.15
middle rate 6.20 6.20
lower rate 6.20 6.20
 
Income Support (more information)
Personal Allowances
single
under 25 57.90 57.90
25 or over 73.10 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.90 57.90
18 or over 73.10 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 57.90 57.90
both under 18 - higher rate 87.50 87.50
one under 18, one under 25 57.90 57.90
one under 18, one 25 and over 73.10 73.10
both 18 or over 114.85 114.85
 
dependent children 66.90 66.90
 
Premiums
family/lone parent 17.45 17,45
 
pensioner (applies to couples only) 116.00 116.00
 
disability
single 32.25 32.25
couple 45.95 45.95
 
enhanced disability
single 15.75 15.75
disabled child 24.43 24.43
couple 22.60 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.85 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.85 61.85
couple (higher rate) 123.70 123.70
disabled child 60.06 60.06
   
carer 34.60 34.60
 
Relevant sum for strikers 40.50 40.50
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