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Benefit Rates in the UK for 2017 to 2018
from The Department for Work and Pensions - DWP

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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2017 to 2018 - 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 2016 to 2017 are also listed. The Government has frozen increases on many benefit rates and you may see no increase for 2017 to 2018.

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:

more benefit rates at Page 2

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates
2016 - 2017
Rates
2017 - 2018
Attendance Allowance (more information)
higher rate 82.30 83.10
lower rate 55.10 55.65
Bereavement Benefit (more information)
Bereavement payment (lump Sum) 2000.00 2000.00
widowed parents allowance 112.55 113.70
Bereavement Allowance
standard rate 112.55 113.70
age related
age 54 104.67 105.74
53 96.79 97.78
52 88.91 89.82
51 81.04 81.86
50 73.16 73.91
49 65.28 65.95
48 57.40 57.99
47 49.52 50.03
46 41.64 42.07
45 33.77 34.11

Benefit Cap - rates introduced 2016
Reduction in annual level of Benefit Cap (Greater London)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 23000.00
Single adult households without children 15410.00
Reduction in annual level of Benefit Cap (Rest of Great Britain)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 20000.00
Joint claimants and single claimants without children 13400.00
Monthly equivalent (Greater London)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 1916.67
Single adult households without children 1284.17
Monthly equivalent (Rest of Great Britain)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 1666.67
Single adult households without children 1116.67
Weekly equivalent (Greater London)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 442.31
Single adult households without children 296.35
Weekly equivalent (Rest of Great Britain)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 384.62
Single adult households without children 257.69
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 62.70
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 83.10
Middle 55.10 55.65
Lowest 21.80 22.00
Mobility Component
Higher 57.45 58.00
Lower 21.80 22.00
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 15.90
couple 22.60 22.85
severe disability
single 61.85 62.45
couple (lower rate) 61.85 62.45
couple (higher rate) 123.70 124.90
carer 34.60 34.95
pensioner
single with WRAC 53.45 57.20
single with support component 46.30 49.70
single with no component 82.50 86.25
couple with WRAC 93.65 99.35
couple with support component 86.50 91.85
couple with no component 122.70 128.40
Components
Work-related activity 29.05 29.05
Support 36.20 36.55

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 65 155.60 159.35
couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65 237.55 243.25
single/lone parent - 65 and over 168.70 172.55
couple - one or both 65 and over 252.30 258.15
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Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
polygamous marriage
for the claimant and the other party to the marriage where no members of the marriage have attained the age of 65 237.55 243.25
household as the claimant and no members of the marriage have attained the age of 65 81.95 83.90
for the claimant and the other party to the marriage where one or more of the members of the marriage are aged 65 or over 252.30 258.15
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 aged 65 or over 83.60 85.60
Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
disability
single 32.25 32.25
couple 45.95 46.40
enhanced disability
single 15.75 15.90
disabled child 24.43 24.78
couple 22.60 22.85
severe disability
single 61.85 62.45
couple (lower rate) 61.85 62.45
couple (higher rate) 123.70 124.90
disabled child 60.06 60.90
carer 34.60 34.95
ESA components
work-related activity 29.05 29.05
support 36.20 36.55
Incapacity Benefit (more information)
Long-term Incapacity Benefit 105.35 106.40
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)
lower rate 79.45 80.25
higher rate 94.05 95.00
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)
lower rate 101.10 102.10
higher rate 105.35 106.40
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age
higher rate 11.15 11.25
lower rate 6.20 6.25
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)
higher rate 11.15 11.25
middle rate 6.20 6.25
lower rate 6.20 6.25
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) 122.70 128.40
disability
single 32.25 32.55
couple 45.95 46.40
enhanced disability
single 15.75 15.90
disabled child 24.43 24.78
couple 22.60 22.85
severe disability
single 61.85 62.45
couple (lower rate) 61.85 62.45
couple (higher rate) 123.70 124.90
disabled child 60.06 60.90
carer 34.60 34.95
Relevant sum for strikers 40.50 40.50
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