The amount of Universal Credit depends on an individual’s earnings and if individual circumstances are assessed every month what’s paid may change.
The benefit cap may limit the total amount of benefit.
|Circumstances||Monthly standard allowance|
|Single and under 25||£251.77|
|Single and 25 or over||£317.82|
|In a couple and both under 25||£395.20 (total for both)|
|In a couple and either are 25 or over||£498.89 (total for both)|
If eligible this is paid on top of the standard allowance.
|How much for||Extra monthly amount|
|First child||£277.08 (born before 6 April 2017)
£231.67 (born on or after 6 April 2017)
|Second child and any other eligible children1||£231.67 per child|
|A disabled or severely disabled child||£126.11 or £392.08|
|Help with childcare costs||Up to 85% of costs (up to £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for 2 or more children)|
|If limited capability for work and work-related activity||£336.20|
|If limited capability for work and has started health-related Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim before 3 April 2017||£126.11|
|If caring for a severely disabled person||£160.20|
1 If the claimant has 3 or more children, they’ll get an extra amount for at least 2 children. They'll get an extra amount for any disabled or severely disabled child - no matter how many children they have or when they were born. They can only get an extra amount for more non-disabled children if any of the following are true:
More information can be found on the Government's website.