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How Much? – Benefits Rates UK - 2017 - 2108

Updated 10th May 2017

One of the most searched terms on our – and other - benefits websites is anything related to ‘How Much Is’? It far outweighs the other question-type searches of how and who can get benefits.

Certainly, the benefits system is a mass of statistics and statements, but how can the thousands of pages devoted to website seemingly ‘hide’ the all important answers? Maybe we are as guilty as all – thinking that the important information must centre on what benefits are available; who is entitled to them; and how can they be obtained.

So we will address this problem and answer the question with the following simple – but lengthy list of payment rates for the different benefits available in the UK. There are certain to be changes over the next few years as a result of the Brexit vote – possibly good, but probably bad for those who are claiming benefits.

There are changes already decided for the year 2017 - 2018 – in particular to the Benefits Cap.

 The rest of the site will of course be devoted to who can get, and how to get.

Wondering how muchWhat You Will Get for Benefits Payments

One of the first things to realise is that the total amount you can get from most benefits is determined by the Benefits Cap. This sets a limit on how much you can receive in any week. The sum allowed by the Benefits Cap will be lowered in autumn 2017.

At the moment the benefits cap is set at the following amounts. It gets lowered in Autumn – see the Benefits Cap Page for details.

Where the benefits Rates are complex or lengthy, there is a link to a new page of data.

Benefits Cap if in Universal Credit System

Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Payment

Carer's Allowance

Cold Weather Payment

Disability Living Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

Housing Benefit

Incapacity Benefit

Incapacity Benefit is now being replaced by Employment Support Allowance. You’ll be reassessed if you’re already claiming Incapacity Benefit, to decide if you’re capable of work or eligible for ESA.

Income Support

Industrial Death Benefit

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Jobseeker's Allowance

Maternity Allowance

Pension Credit

Single People


Personal Independence Payment

Severe Disablement Allowance

State Pension

New State Pension

Statutory Adoption Pay

Up to 39 weeks in total -

Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Paternity Pay

Statutory Shared Parental Pay


Universal Credit

Widow's Benefit


Winter Fuel Payment

Circumstance -  Born on or before 5 May 1953 Aged 80 or over in the qualifying week Winter Fuel Page

Reference >>>Government Data on PDF for all changes 2017<<<

March 9th 2017
***Child Tax Credit - From April this year the ‘family element’ of £545 per year will be abolished.***

March 8th 2017
**MPs are calling for a halt to the accelerating roll-out of Universal Credit as the ongoing problems are causing undue and unnecessary hardship**

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