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Universal Credit (UC) - Benefit Rates 2017 to 2018

The proposed Universal Credit benefit rates being introduced from April 2017 by the Department for Work and Pensions

See also : Universal Credit - A Guide for comprehensive details of this new benefit
from the Department for Work and Pensions and DWP Benefit Rates

How much you may be awarded for 2017 to 2018 (rates for 2016 to 2017 are also given)

You may be paid the following monthly 'elements' under UC unless the Benefit Cap applies:

2016 - 2017 2017 - 2018
Universal Credit Minimum Amount
0.01 0.01

Universal Credit Amounts

Standard Allowance

Single
Single under 25 251.77 251.77
Single 25 or over 317.82 317.82
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 395.20 395.20
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 498.89 498.89

Child element

First child 277.08 277.08
Second/subsequent child 231.67 231.67

Disabled child additions

Lower rate addition 126.11 126.11
Higher rate addition 367.92 372.30
   
Limited Capability for Work element
126.11 126.11
Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity element
315.60 318.76
Carer element
150.39 151.89



Childcare element

Maximum for one child 646.35 646.35
Maximum for two or more children 1108.04 1108.04
   
Non-dependants' housing cost contributions
69.37 70.06
   

Work allowances

Higher work allowance (no housing element)
One or more dependent children or limited capability for work Lower work allowance 397.00 397.00
One or more dependent children or limited capability for work 192.00 192.00
Assumed income from capital for every £250 or part thereof, between capital disregard and upper capital limit 4.35 4.35
   
UC Daily Reduction

100% reduction - High, medium or low level sanctions apply - claimants aged 18 or over

   
   
 
Single
Single under 25 8.20 8.20
Single 25 or over 10.40 10.40
   
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 (per sanctioned claimant) 6.40 6.40
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over and one is sanctioned (per sanctioned claimant) 8.20 8.20
   
40% reduction - Lowest level sanction applies    
Single    
Single under 25 3.30 3.30
Single 25 or over 4.10 4.10
 
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 (per sanctioned claimant) 2.50 2.50
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over (per sanctioned claimant) 3.20 3.20

Third Party Deductions at 5% of UC Standard Allowance (excludes deductions for rent and service charges included in rent)

Single
Single under 25 12.59 12.59
Single 25 or over 15.89 15.89
   
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 19.76 19.76
oint claimants, one or both 25 or over 24.94 24.94
   
Maximum deductions for Fines
108.35 108.35
   

Overall Minimum deductions for rent and service charges included in rent at 10% of UC Standard Allowance (10% minimum introduced from Nov 2014)

Single
Single under 25 25.18 25.18
Single 25 or over 31.78 31.78
   
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 39.52 39.52
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 49.89 49.89
   

Maximum deductions for rent and service charges included in rent at 20% of UC Standard Allowance (20% maximum introduced from Nov 2014)

Single
Single under 25 50.35 50.35
Single 25 or over 63.56 63.56


Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 79.04 79.04
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 99.78 99.78

Overall Maximum deduction Rate at 40% of UC Standard Allowance:

Single
Single under 25 100.71 100.71
Single 25 or over 127.13 127.13
   
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 158.08 158.08
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 199.56 199.56

Fraud Overpayments, Recoverable Hardship Payments and Administrative Penalties at 40% of UC Standard Allowance

Single
Single under 25 100.71 100.71
Single 25 or over 127.13 127.13
   
Couple
Joint claimants both under 25 158.08 158.08
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 199.56 199.65
     

Ordinary Overpayments and Civil Penalties at 15% of UC Standard Allowance

Single    
Single under 25 37.77 37.77
Single 25 or over 47.67 47.67
 
Couple    
Joint claimants both under 25 59.28 59.28
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 74.83 74.83
 

Ordinary Overpayments and Civil Penalties at 25% of UC Standard Allowance if claimant's and/or partner's earnings are over the Work Allowance

Single  
Single under 25 62.94 62.94
Single 25 or over 79.46 79.46
 
Couple  
Joint claimants both under 25 98.80 98.80
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over 124.72 124.72

Further information:

Child element

You will get this if you are responsible for a child or qualifying young person who normally lives with you.

Capability for work elements

The tests for these are the same as those for the work capability assessment (WCA) for employment and support allowance (limited capability for work and limited capability for work related activity tests).

Carer element

You can get this if you are caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week. You will not be allowed to get this element together with a capability for work element even if you are eligible for both. You do not have to claim carer's allowance to get this element.



Childcare costs element

You can get this if you pay for registered child care in order to stay in work. There is no set number of hours you need to work to get this element. You will get 70% of your relevant childcare costs met up to:

If you are part of a couple both of you must be in work unless one of you is unable to look after a child because they:

have limited capability for work or limited capability for work related activity or
have regular and substantial caring responsibilities for a severely disabled person or
are temporarily absent from your household (ie in prison/hospital/or residential care).
Generally the childcare must be provided by someone who is registered for child care or an equivalent. Relevant childcare is not care provided by a close relative, wholly or mainly in your home or care you provide as a foster carer.

Housing costs element

You may get this if you pay rent payments or have a mortgage. The element will also cover certain service charges related to these payments.

If you are an owner-occupier you may get support for mortgages interest as well as certain service charges. You can claim for all loans secured against your property. There will be a waiting (qualifying) period of three months before you can be paid this element. You will not be paid a housing element if you are in paid work. Under the new scheme you will not have deductions from your benefit because you have non-dependants living with you.

If you are a private tenant your housing element will depend on the number of rooms you need in the same way as the current housing benefit scheme. You will be allowed one room for:

you and your partner (one room only)
any qualifying young person for which you are responsible
any two children under age 10
any two children of the same sex
any other child
any non-dependant who is not a child
an overnight carer

In order to get a room allowance for an overnight carers you or your partner must need the overnight care and be on either middle or high rate disability living allowance care component, attendance allowance or the daily living component of a personal independence payment. Your carer must not live with you but must need to stay overnight to provide care.

If you are under 35 and single you will get the housing costs element for one bedroom in shared accommodation unless you receive middle or high rate disability living allowance care component or attendance allowance or the daily living component of a personal independence payment or you are a care leaver aged under 22. Under UC, for the most part, the room restriction will also apply if you are renting social housing (from your local authority or from a housing association). Your housing element may be reduced if the property you rent is considered to be under occupied

If you are renting you will have deductions from your benefit if you have non-dependants living with you. A non-dependant is someone who lives with you who is not your partner, a child or young person for whom you are responsible, a joint tenant, boarder, lodger or sub-tenant.

Non-dependant deductions will not made if you or your partner:

is registered blind;
receives middle or high rate DLA care component;
receives attendance allowance;
receives the daily living component of a personal independence payment.

No deduction will be made for the following non-dependents living with you:

anyone under 21;
lone parents with a child under 5;
anyone getting state pension credit;
anyone getting middle or high rate disability living allowance care component;
anyone getting attendance allowance;
anyone getting the daily living component of a personal independence payment;
anyone getting carer's allowance;
prisoners on temporary release.

If you are in exempt accommodation your housing support will still be paid as part of housing benefit rather than as part of universal credit housing costs.



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