2. What you'll get

The amount of Universal Credit you can get depends on your circumstances and income.

Your Universal Credit payment is made up of a basic ‘standard allowance’ and any extra amounts that apply to you.

Your circumstances Monthly standard allowance
Single and under 25 £251.77
Single and 25 or over £317.82
In a couple and you’re both under 25 £395.20
In a couple and either of you are 25 or over £498.89

Extra amounts

You may get more money on top of your standard allowance if you’re eligible.

How much you’ll get Extra monthly amount
For your first child £277.08
For your second and other children £231.67 per child
If you need help with childcare costs 85% of your costs (up to £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for 2 or more children)
If you have a disabled or severely disabled child £357.78 to £645
If you’re disabled or have a health condition £126.11 to £315.60
If you care for a disabled person £150.39

Get an estimate of how much Universal Credit you could get.

Housing costs

You can get more money to help pay your housing costs. How much you get depends on your circumstances. It can cover:

  • rent
  • mortgage interest
  • some service charges
  • interest on a loan secured against your home

Work allowance

Your Universal Credit payment will reduce gradually as you earn more. For every £1 you earn your Universal Credit payment will be reduced by 65p.

You can earn a certain amount before your Universal Credit is reduced if you or your partner either:

This is called a ‘work allowance’.

Your work allowance will be lower if you get help with housing costs.

Your circumstances Monthly work allowance
You get help with housing costs £192
You don’t get help with housing costs £397

The benefit cap may limit the total amount of benefit you can get.