How much Universal Credit will I get?

The amount of Universal Credit (UC) you get depends on your income and family circumstances.

How is UC calculated?

UC is made up of a basic allowance, plus extra amounts if you have:

  • children
  • a disability or health condition
  • housing costs.

The current monthly amounts are:

Basic allowance

  • Single people aged under 25                      £292.11
  • Single people aged 25 or over                    £368.74
  • Joint claimants both under 25                     £458.51 for you both
  • Joint claimants either or both over 25       £578.82 for you both

Child element

  • 1st child (born before 6 April 2017)               £315.00
  • 1st child (born on or after 6 April 2017)       £269.58
  • 2nd & subsequent children                            £269.58 per child

Everything is combined in one single, monthly payment.

For more information on the figures used to calculate your payment, click here.

Will I get help towards my rent and council tax?

Your UC can also include an amount towards your housing costs, including rent payments. To find out if you can include a claim for your housing costs and how much you can get, click here.

UC does not cover council tax. You have to apply to your local council if you need help paying your council tax. Click here to see if you can get help.

What about the benefit cap?

UC is subject to the household benefit cap. This means the total amount of benefit you will be paid will be up to a maximum of £423.46 per week for couples with children or lone parents, and £283.71 per week for a single person.

The 2-child limit

Since the 6 April 2017 UC has been limited to 2 children. This means that if you already had 2 children and were claiming UC before this date, you will not get any extra money for any subsequent children born on or after 6 April 2017. There are some exceptions, for example children from multiple births, or adopted children. See the Gov.UK guide for Universal Credit and families with more than 2 children.

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

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This page was last updated on: April 15, 2024

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