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How much ESA will I Get – Current ESA Rates

Generally, you get the assessment rate for 13 weeks after making the claim. Rates will be as given hereinafter:

  • up to £57.90 a week if you’re aged under 25
  • up to £73.10 a week if you’re aged 25 or over

After that, if you’re entitled to ESA, you’ll be placed in one of 2 groups and will receive:

  • up to £73.10 a week if you’re in the work-related activity group
  • up to £110.75 a week if you’re in the support group

If you have applied before 3rd April 2017, you can get more allowance in work-related activity group.If you’re in the support group and on income-related ESA, you’re also eligible for increased disability premium at the rate of £16.40 a week. Beside, one can also be eligible for the severe disability premium at £64.30 per week.

What if Assessment Takes Longer than 13 Weeks?

If the assessment takes longer than 13 weeks your benefit will be backdated to the 14th week of the claim.

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Attendance Allowance
higher rate 83.10 85.60
lower rate 55.65 57.30
Bereavement Benefit
Bereavement payment (lump Sum) 2000.00 2000.00
widowed parents allowance 113.70 117.10
Bereavement Allowance
standard rate 112.55 117.10
age related
age 54 105.74 108.90
53 97.78 100.71
52 89.82 92.51
51 81.86 84.31
50 73.16 76.12
49 65.28 67.92
48 57.40 59.72
47 49.52 51.52
46 41.64 43.33
45 33.77 35.13

Benefit Cap - rates introduced 2016

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
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
Joint claimants and single claimants 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 62.70 64.60
Constant Attendance Allowance rates

Council Tax Support (formerly Council Tax Benefit)

Local Councils have devised their own schemes since April 2013 as a part of the welfare reforms.

Disability Living Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Highest 83.10 85.60
Middle 55.65 57.30
Lowest 22.00 22.65
Mobility Component
Higher 58.00 59.75
Lower 22.00 22.65

Employment Support Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
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
enhanced disability
single 15.90 16.40
couple 22.85 23.55
severe disability
single 62.45 64.30
couple (lower rate) 62.45 64.30
couple (higher rate) 124.90 128.60
carer 34.95 36.00
pensioner
single with WRAC 57.20 60.85
single with support component 49.70 52.25
single with no component 86.25 89.90
couple with WRAC 99.35 104.90
couple with support component 91.85 96.30
couple with no component 128.40 133.95
Components
Work-related activity 29.05 29.05
Support 36.55 37.65

Housing Benefit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
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 65 159.35 163.00
couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65 243.25 248.80
single/lone parent - 65 and over 172.55 176.40
couple - one or both 65 and over 258.15 263.80
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 65 243.25 248.80
household as the claimant and no members of the marriage have attained the age of 65 83.90 85.80
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 258.15 263.80
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 85.60 87.40
Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
disability
single 32.25 33.55
couple 46.40 47.80
enhanced disability
single 15.90 16.40
disabled child 24.78 25.48
couple 22.85 23.55
severe disability
single 62.45 64.30
couple (lower rate) 62.45 64.30
couple (higher rate) 124.90 128.60
disabled child 60.90 62.86
carer 34.95 36.00
ESA components
work-related activity 29.05 29.05
support 36.55 37.65

Incapacity Benefit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Long-term Incapacity Benefit 106.40 109.60
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)
lower rate 80.25 82.65
higher rate 95.00 97.85
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)
lower rate 102.10 105.15
higher rate 106.40 109.60
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age
higher rate 11.25 11.60
lower rate 6.25 6.45
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)
higher rate 11.25 11.60
middle rate 6.25 6.45
lower rate 6.25 6.45

Income Support

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
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) 128.40 133.95
disability
single 32.55 33.55
couple 46.40 47.80
enhanced disability
single 15.90 16.40
disabled child 24.78 25.48
couple 22.85 23.55
severe disability
single 62.45 64.30
couple (lower rate) 62.45 64.30
couple (higher rate) 124.90 128.60
disabled child 60.90 62.86
carer 34.95 36.00
Relevant sum for strikers 40.50 40.50

Industrial Death Benefit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Widow's pension
higher rate 122.30 125.95
lower rate 36.69 37.79
Widower's pension 122.30 125.95

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
18 and over, or under 18 with dependants
100% 169.70 174.80
90% 152.73 157.32
80% 135.76 139.84
70% 118.79 122.36
60% 101.82 104.88
50% 84.85 87.40
40% 67.88 69.92
30% 50.91 52.44
20% 33.94 34.96
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum) 11260.00 11600.00
Unemployability Supplement
increase for early incapacity 104.90 108.05
higher rate 21.70 22.35
middle rate 14.00 14.40
lower rate 7.00 7.20
Maximum reduced earnings allowance 67.88 69.92
Maximum retirement allowance 16.97 17.48

Constant Attendance Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
exceptional rate 135.80 139.80
intermediate rate 101.85 104.85
normal maximum rate 67.90 69.90
part-time rate 33.95 34.95
Exceptionally severe disablement allowance 67.90 69.90

Jobseeker's Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
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:

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
family/lone parent 17.45 17.45
pensioner
single 86.25 89.90
couple 128.40 133.95
disability
single 32.55 33.55
couple 46.40 47.80
enhanced disability
single 15.90 16.40
disabled child 24.78 25.48
couple 22.85 23.55
severe disability
single 62.45 64.30
couple (lower rate) 62.45 64.30
couple (higher rate) 124.90 128.60
disabled child 60.90 62.86
carer 34.95 36.00
Prescribed sum for strikers 40.50 40.50

Maternity Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Standard rate 140.98 145.18
MA threshold 30.00 30.00

Pension Credit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Standard minimum guarantee
single 159.35 163.00
couple 243.25 248.80
Additional amount for severe disability
single 62.45 64.30
couple (one qualifies) 62.45 64.30
couple (both qualify) 124.90 128.60
Additional amount for carers 34.95 36.00
Savings credit
threshold - single 137.35 140.67
threshold - couple 218.42 223.82
maximum - single 13.20 13.40
maximum - couple 14.90 14.99
Amount for claimant and first spouse in a polygamous marriage 243.25 248.80
Additional amount for additional spouse 83.90 85.80
Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit Purposes)
Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions 1.00% 3.00%
Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmens Compensation (supplementation)
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
exceptional rate
intermediate rate
full day rate
part day rate

Severe Disablement Allowance

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Basic rate 75.40 77.65
Age-related addition (from Dec 90)
Higher rate 11.25 11.60
Middle rate 6.25 6.45
Lower rate 6.25 6.45

State Pension

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
New State Pension
Full rate 159.55 164.35
Transitional rate below full rate 2.5056% 3.0085%
Protected Payment 1.00% 3.00%
Increments - own (based on deferred new State Pension) 1.00% 3.00%
Increments - inherited (based on deferred old State Pension) 1.00% 3.00%
Old State Pension
Category A or B basic pension 122.30 125.95
Category B (lower) - spouse or civil partner's insurance 73.30 75.50
Category C or D - non-contributory 73.30 75.50
additional pension 1.00% 3.00%
Maximum additional pension (own + inherited) 167.26 172.28
increments to:-
Basic pension 1.00% 3.00%
Additional pension 1.00% 3.00%
Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB) 1.00% 3.00%
inheritable lump sum 1.00% 3.00%
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 1.00% 3.00%
Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit) 0.1343 0.1383
increase on long term incapacity for age 1.00% 3.00%
Addition at age 80 0.25 0.25
Increase of long-term incapacity for age
higher rate 21.70 22.35
lower rate 10.90 11.25
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients
higher rate 21.70 22.35
middle rate 14.00 14.40
lower rate 7.00 7.20

Statutory Adoption Pay

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Earnings threshold 113.00 116.00
Standard rate 140.98 145.18

Statutory Maternity Pay

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Earnings threshold 113.00 116.00
Standard rate 140.98 145.18

Statutory Paternity

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Earnings threshold 113.00 116.00
Standard rate 140.98 145.18

Statutory Shared Parental Pay

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Earnings threshold 113.00 116.00
Standard rate 140.98 145.18

Statutory Sick Pay

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Earnings threshold 113.00 116.00
Standard rate 89.35 92.05
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Widow's Benefit

Benefit - Allowance (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

Rates 2017 - 2018 Rates 2018 - 2019
Widowed mother's allowance 113.70 117.10
Widow's pension
standard rate 113.70 117.10
age-related
age 54 (49) 105.74 108.90
53 (48) 97.78 100.71
52 (47) 89.82 92.51
51 (46) 81.86 84.31
50 (45) 73.91 76.12
49 (44) 65.95 67.92
48 (43) 57.99 59.72
47 (42) 50.03 51.52
46 (41) 42.07 43.33
45 (40 34.11 35.13
Note: For deaths occuring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.

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