Benefit and Pension Rates

Benefit and Pension Rates in the UK for 2019 to 2020 from The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

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. Included are pension and tax credit rates.

The DWP benefit rates for 2018 to 2019 are also listed. The Government has frozen increases on many benefit rates and you may see no increase for 2019 to 2020.


Rates:



Benefit – Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates
2018 – 2019
Rates
2019 – 2020

Attendance Allowance (more information)

higher rate 85.60 87.65
lower rate 57.30 58.70

Bereavement Benefit (more information)

widowed parents allowance 117.10 119.90

Bereavement Support payment (for deaths occurring on or after 6 April 2017)

Standard rate (lump sum) 2500.00 2500.00
Standard rate monthly payments 100.00 100.00
Higher rate (lump sum) 3500.00 3500.00
Higher rate monthly payments 350.00 350.00


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 23000.00
Single adult households without children 15410.00 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 20000.00
Single adult households without children 13400.00 13400.00
Monthly equivalent (Greater London)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 1916.67 1916.67
Single adult households without children 1284.17 1284.17
Monthly equivalent (Rest of Great Britain)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 1666.67 1666.67
Single adult households without children 1116.67 1116.67
Weekly equivalent (Greater London)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 442.31 442.31
Single adult households without children 296.35 296.35
Weekly equivalent (Rest of Great Britain)
Couples (with or without children) or single claimants with a child of qualifying age 384.62 384.62
Single adult households without children 257.69 257.69


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)

64.60 66.15
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)

Care Component
Highest 85.60 87.65
Middle 57.30 58.70
Lowest 22.65 23.20
Mobility Component
Higher 59.75 61.20
Lower 22.65 23.20


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 65 163.00 167.25
couple – one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65 248.80 255.25
single/lone parent – 65 and over 176.40 181.00
couple – one or both 65 and over 263.80 270.60
;
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 65 248.80 255.25
household as the claimant and no members of the marriage have attained the age of 65 85.80 88.00
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 263.80 270.60
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 87.40 89.60
Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
disability
single 33.55 34.35
couple 47.80 48.95
enhanced disability
single 16.40 16.80
disabled child 25.48 26.04
couple 23.55 24.10
severe disability
single 64.30 65.85
couple (lower rate) 64.30 65.85
couple (higher rate) 128.60 131.70
disabled child 62.86 64.19
carer 36.00 36.85
ESA components
work-related activity 29.05 29.05
support 37.65 38.55


Incapacity Benefit (more information)

Long-term Incapacity Benefit 109.60 112.25
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)
lower rate 82.65 84.65
higher rate 97.85 100.20
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)
lower rate 105.15 107.65
higher rate 109.60 112.25
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age
higher rate 11.60 11.90
lower rate 6.45 6.60
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)
higher rate 11.60 11.90
middle rate 6.45 6.60
lower rate 6.45 6.60

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) 133.95 140.40
disability
single 33.55 34.35
couple 47.80 48.95
enhanced disability
single 16.40 16.80
disabled child 25.48 26.04
couple 23.55 24.10
severe disability
single 64.30 65.85
couple (lower rate) 64.30 65.85
couple (higher rate) 128.60 131.70
disabled child 62.86 64.19
carer 36.00 36.85
Relevant sum for strikers 40.50 40.50


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Rates:

Benefit – Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates
2018 – 2019
Rates
2019 – 2020

Industrial Death Benefit

Widow’s pension
higher rate 125.95 129.20
lower rate 37.79 38.76
Widower’s pension 125.95 129.20


Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (more information)

Standard Rate
100% 174.80 179.00
90% 157.32 161.10
80% 139.84 143.20
70% 122.36 125.30
60% 104.88 107.40
50% 87.40 89.50
40% 69.92 71.60
30% 52.44 53.70
20% 34.96 35.80
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum) 11600.00 11880.00
Unemployability Supplement
increase for early incapacity 108.05 110.65
higher rate 22.35 22.90
middle rate 14.40 14.70
lower rate 7.20 7.35
Maximum reduced earnings allowance 69.92 71.60
Maximum retirement allowance 17.48 17.90

Constant Attendance Allowance (more information)

exceptional rate 139.80 143.20
intermediate rate 104.85 107.40
normal maximum rate 69.90 71.60
part-time rate 34.95 35.80
Exceptionally severe disablement allowance 69.90 71.60


Jobseeker’s Allowance (more information)

Contribution based JSA – Personal rates
under 25 57.90 57.90
25 or over 73.10 73.10
Income-based – Personal allowances
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
single 89.90 94.15
couple 133.95 140.40
disability
single 33.55 34.35
couple 47.80 48.95
enhanced disability
single 16.40 16.80
disabled child 25.48 26.04
couple 23.55 24.10
severe disability
single 64.30 65.85
couple (lower rate) 64.30 65.85
couple (higher rate) 128.60 131.70
disabled child 62.86 64.19
carer 36.00 36.85
Prescribed sum for strikers 40.50 40.50

Maternity Allowance

Standard rate 145.18 148.68
MA threshold 30.00 30.00


Pension Credit (more information)

Standard minimum guarantee
single 163.00 167.25
couple 248.80 255.25
Additional amount for severe disability
single 64.30 65.85
couple (one qualifies) 64.30 65.85
couple (both qualify) 128.60 131.70
Additional amount for carers 36.00 36.85
Savings credit
threshold – single 140.67 144.38
threshold – couple 223.82 229.67
maximum – single 13.40 13.72
maximum – couple 14.99 15.35
Amount for claimant and first spouse in a polygamous marriage 248.80 255.25
Additional amount for additional spouse 85.80 88.00
Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit Purposes)
Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions 3.00% 2.40%
Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmens Compensation (supplementation)
(more information)
Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum)
Partial disablement allowance
Unemployability supplement
increases for early incapacity –
higher rate
middle rate
lower rate

Constant attendance allowance (more information)

exceptional rate
intermediate rate
full day rate
part day rate

Severe Disablement Allowance (more information)

Basic rate 77.65 79.50
Age-related addition (from Dec 90)
Higher rate 11.60 11.90
Middle rate 6.45 6.60
Lower rate 6.45 6.60


State Pension

New State Pension
Full rate 164.35 164.35
Transitional rate below full rate 3.0085% 2.5859%
Protected Payment 3.00% 2.40%
Increments – own (based on deferred new State Pension) 3.00% 2.40%
Increments – inherited (based on deferred old State Pension) 3.00% 2.40%
Old State Pension
Category A or B basic pension 125.95 129.20
Category B (lower) – spouse or civil partner’s insurance 75.50 77.45
Category C or D – non-contributory 75.50 77.45
additional pension 3.00% 2.40%
Maximum additional pension (own + inherited) 172.28 176.41
increments to:-
Basic pension 3.00% 2.40%
Additional pension 3.00% 2.40%
Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB) 3.00% 2.40%
inheritable lump sum 3.00% 2.40%
Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of pre-April 1988 contracted-out earnings nil nil
Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 1997 3.00% 2.40%
Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit) 0.1383 0.1416
increase on long term incapacity for age 3.00% 2.40%
Addition at age 80 0.25 0.25
Increase of long-term incapacity for age
higher rate 22.35 22.90
lower rate 11.25 11.50
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients
higher rate 22.35 22.90
middle rate 14.40 14.70
lower rate 7.20 7.35

Statutory Adoption Pay

Earnings threshold 116.00 118.00
Standard rate 145.18 148.68

Statutory Maternity Pay

Earnings threshold 116.00 118.00
Standard rate 145.18 148.68

Statutory Paternity

Earnings threshold 116.00 118.00
Standard rate 145.18 148.68

Statutory Shared Parental Pay

Earnings threshold 116.00 118.00
Standard rate 145.18 148.68


Statutory Sick Pay (more information)

Earnings threshold 116.00 118.00
Standard rate 92.05 94.25
Tax credits calculator – To find out how much you may get.
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Widow’s Benefit

Widowed mother’s allowance 117.10 119.90

Widow’s pension (more information)

standard rate 117.10 119.90
age-related
age 54 (49) 108.90 111.51
53 (48) 100.71 103.11
52 (47) 92.51 94.72
51 (46) 84.31 86.33
50 (45) 76.12 77.94
49 (44) 67.92 69.54
48 (43) 59.72 61.15
47 (42) 51.52 52.76
46 (41) 43.33 44.36
45 (40) 35.13 35.97
Note: For deaths occurring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.
 

 



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