State Benefits

Benefit Rates

Child benefit

Eldest £20.50 other children £13.55

Subject to a tax charge if either spouse or partner has income in excess of £50,000 pa

Maternity Pay

You can get a weekly rate of either £138.18 or 90% of your average weekly
earnings before tax (whichever is lower).
Maternity Allowance is paid every 2 or 4 weeks for up to 39 weeks.You can claim Maternity Allowance as soon as you’ve been pregnant for 26 weeks. Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Is paid every 4 weeks. It’s tax free and can be paid if you’re in or out of work.

It is made up of 2 components (parts). Whether you get 1 or both of these depends on how your condition affects you.

Daily living component

Daily living component
Standard £54.45 per week
Enhanced £81.30 per week

Mobility component

Mobility component
Standard £21.55 per week
Enhanced £56.75 per week
To qualify you must be aged between 16 – 64 and have difficulties with daily living and mobility. Full details available from  
Carers Allowance £61.35 per week

Basic State Pension

Based on own or late spouse’s NI contributions £113.10

Based on Spouse’s NI contributions £67.89

Income Support

Single 16 to 24 (living independently) £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
All amounts are weekly. Benefit may change subject to personal circumstances and existing savings.  
Job Seekers Allowance There are 2 types of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA). Jobcentre Plus will work out which type you’ll get and how much you’ll be paid.

Contribution-based JSA

Age Weekly amount
16 to 24 Up to £57.35
25 or over Up to £72.40

You get this if you’ve paid enough National Insurance contributions (NICs) as an employee.

Income-based JSA

Age & Status Weekly amount
Single (under 25) Up to £57.35
Single (25 or over) Up to £72.40
Couples (both aged 18 or over) Up to £113.70
Lone parent (18 or over) Up to £72.40
Lone parent (under 18) Up to £57.35

You get this if you’ve not paid enough National Insurance as an employee and you’re on a low income.

 Information correct as at 16 May 2014

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