2. What you'll get

You get a basic payment (a ‘personal allowance’) and extra payments (premiums) on top of this. Your income and any savings (over £5,999) can affect how much you get.

Personal allowance

Status Age Weekly payment
Single 16 to 24 £57.35
Single 25 or over £72.40
Lone parent 16 to 17 £ 57.35
Lone parent 18 or over £72.40
Couples Both under 18 £56.80
Couples One under 18, the other 18 to 24 £56.80
Couples One under 18, the other 25 or over £71.70
Couples Both 18 or over £112.55


You can get between £15.55 and £122.20 extra depending on your circumstances - eg if you’re a pensioner, disabled or a lone parent with a disabled child.

Use a benefits calculator to work out how much you can get.

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, eg a bank account.

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.

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