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Benefits Uprating

Volume 520: debated on Thursday 9 December 2010

I am pleased to announce the proposed rates of benefit for 2011, which are set out in the table below. The annual uprating of benefits will take place for state pensions and most other benefits in the first full week of the tax year. In 2011, this will be the week beginning 11 April. A corresponding provision will be made in Northern Ireland.

Weekly rates unless otherwise shown

2010

2011

Attendance Allowance

Higher rate

71.40

73.60

Lower rate

47.80

49.30

Bereavement Benefit

Bereavement payment (lump sum)

2,000.00

2,000.00

Widowed parent's allowance

97.65

100.70

Bereavement Allowance

Standard rate

97.65

100.70

Age-related

age 54

90.81

93.65

53

83.98

86.60

52

77.14

79.55

51

70.31

72.50

50

63.47

65.46

49

56.64

58.41

48

49.80

51.36

47

42.97

44.31

46

36.13

37.26

45

29.30

30.21

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

16,000.00

16,000.00

Upper limit—pension credit guarantee credit 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 for those above the qualifying age for guarantee credit

6,000.00

6,000.00

Amount disregarded—pension credit and housing benefit and council tax benefit for those above the qualifying age for pension credit

10,000.00

10,000.00

child disregard (not pension credit)

3,000.00

3,000.00

amt disregarded (living in RC/NH)

10,000.00

10,000.00

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 claimant/partner is over guarantee credit qualifying age

£1 for every £500, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit

Carer's Allowance

53.90

55.55

Council Tax Benefit

Personal allowances

Single

18 to 24

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

entitled to main phase ESA

65.45

67.50

lone parent

65.45

67.50

couple

102.75

105.95

dependent children

57.57

62.33

pensioner

single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65

132.60

137.35

couple—one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65

202.40

209.70

single/lone parent—65 and over

153.15

157.90

couple—one or both 65 and over

229.50

236.80

Premiums

Family

17.40

17.40

family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

child under 1

10.50

10.50

Disability

Single

28.00

28.85

Couple

39.85

41.10

enhanced disability

single

13.65

14.05

disabled child

21.00

21.63

couple

19.65

20.25

severe disability

Single

53.65

55.30

couple (lower rate)

53.65

55.30

couple (higher rate)

107.30

110.60

disabled child

52.08

53.62

Carer

30.05

31.00

ESA components

work-related activity

25.95

26.75

Support

31.40

32.35

Alternative maximum Council Tax Benefit

second adult on IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) or Pension Credit

25% of council tax

25% of council tax

first adult(s) student(s)

100% of council tax

100% of council tax

second adult's gross income:

under £177.00

15% of council tax

15% of council tax

£177.00 to £230.99

7.5% of council tax

7.5% of council tax

Deductionsrules common to income support, jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit unless stated otherwise

Non-dependant deductions from housing benefit and from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit aged 25 and over in receipt of IS and JSA(IB), in receipt of main phase ESA(IR),

aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work

7.40

9.40

aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

- gross income: less than £122.00

7.40

9.40

- gross income: £122 to £179.99

17.00

21.55

- gross income: £180 to £233.99

23.35

29.60

- gross income: £234 to £309.99

38.20

48.45

- gross income: £310 to £386.99

43.50

55.20

- gross income: £387 and above

47.75

60.60

Non-dependant deductions from council tax benefit

aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

- gross income: £387 or more

6.95

8.60

- gross income: £310 - £386.99

5.80

7.20

- gross income: £180 - £309.99

4.60

5.70

- gross income less than £180

2.30

2.85

others, aged 18 or over

2.30

2.85

Deductions from housing benefit

Service charges for fuel

Heating

21.55

21.55

hot water

2.50

2.50

Lighting

1.75

1.75

Cooking

2.50

2.50

Amount ineligible for meals

three or more meals a day

single claimant

23.35

24.05

each person in family aged 16 or over

23.35

24.05

each child under 16

11.80

12.15

less than three meals a day

single claimant

15.50

16.00

each person in family aged 16 or over

15.50

16.00

each child under 16

7.80

8.05

breakfast only—claimant and each member of the family

2.85

2.95

Amount for personal expenses (not HB/CTB)

22.30

22.60

Third party deductions from IS, JSA(IB), ESA(IR) and Pension Credit for;

arrears of housing, fuel and water costs council tax etc. and deductions for ELDS and ILS.

3.30

3.40

child support, contribution towards maintenance (CTM)

standard deduction

6.60

6.80

lower deduction

3.30

3.40

arrears of Community Charge

court order against claimant

3.30

3.40

court order against couple

5.15

5.30

fine or compensation order

standard rate

5.00

5.00

lower rate

3.30

3.40

Maximum deduction rates for recovery of overpayments (not CTB/JSA(C)/ESA(C))

ordinary overpayments

9.90

10.20

where claimant convicted of fraud

13.20

13.60

Deductions from JSA(C) and ESA (C)

Arrears of comm. charge, council tax, fines & overpayment recovery

Age 16 – 24

17.28

17.81

Age 25 +

21.81

22.50

Max. deductions for arrears of child maintenance (CTM)

Age 16 – 24

17.28

17.81

Age 25 +

21.81

22.50

Dependency Increases

Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after children—payable with;

State pension on own insurance (Cat A or B)

57.05

58.80

Long-term incapacity benefit

53.10

54.75

Severe disablement allowance

31.90

32.90

Carers allowance

31.70

32.70

short-term incapacity benefit (over state pension age)

51.10

52.70

short-term incapacity benefit (under state pension age)

41.35

42.65

Child Dependency Increases—payable with;

State pension; widowed mothers/parents allowance; short-term incapacity benefit—higher rate or over state pension age; long-term incapacity benefit; carer's allowance; severe disablement allowance; industrial death benefit (higher rate);

11.35

11.35

Note:

The rate of child dependency increase is adjusted where it is payable for the eldest child for whom child benefit is also paid. The weekly rate in such cases is reduced by the difference (less £3.65) between the ChB rates for the eldest and subsequent children.

8.10

8.10

Disability Living Allowance

Care Component

Highest

71.40

73.60

Middle

47.80

49.30

Lowest

18.95

19.55

Mobility Component

Higher

49.85

51.40

Lower

18.95

19.55

Disregards

Housing benefit and council tax benefit

Earnings disregards

standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

Couple

10.00

10.00

higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

lone parent

25.00

25.00

childcare charges

175.00

175.00

childcare charges (2 or more children)

300.00

300.00

permitted work higher

93.00

95.00

permitted work lower

20.00

20.00

Other Income disregards

adult maintenance disregard

15.00

15.00

war disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

widowed mothers/parents allowance

15.00

15.00

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

10.00

10.00

student loan

10.00

10.00

student's covenanted income

5.00

5.00

income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

additional earnings disregard

17.10

17.10

income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-related employment and support allowance and pension credit

Earnings disregards

standard (single claimant)

5.00

5.00

Couple

10.00

10.00

higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

Other Income disregards

war disablement pension and war widows pension

10.00

10.00

widowed mothers/parents allowance

10.00

10.00

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

10.00

10.00

student loan (not pension credit)

10.00

10.00

student's covenanted income (not pension credit)

5.00

5.00

income from boarders (plus 50% of the balance)

20.00

20.00

income from subtenants (£20 fixed from April 08)

20.00

20.00

Earnings Rules

Carers allowance

100.00

100.00

Limit of earnings from councillor's allowance

93.00

95.00

Permitted work earnings limit

Higher

93.00

95.00

Lower

20.00

20.00

Industrial injuries unemployability supplement permitted earnings level (annual amount)

4,836.00

4,940.00

Earnings level at which adult dependency (ADI) increases are affected with:

short-term incapacity benefit where claimant is

(a) under state pension age

41.35

42.65

(b) over state pension age

51.10

52.70

state pension, long term incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, unemployability supplement—payable when dependant

(a) is living with claimant

65.45

67.50

(b) still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule

45.09

45.09

Earnings level at which ADI is affected when dependent is not living with claimant;

state pension,

57.05

58.80

long-term incapacity benefit,

53.10

54.75

unemployability supplement,

53.90

55.55

severe disablement allowance

31.90

32.90

Carers allowance

31.70

32.70

Earnings level at which child dependency increases are affected

for first child

200.00

205.00

additional amount for each subsequent child

26.00

27.00

Pension income threshold for incapacity benefit

85.00

85.00

Pension income threshold for contributory employment support allowance

85.00

85.00

Employment and Support Allowance

Personal allowances

Single

under 25

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

lone parent

under 18

51.85

53.45

18 or over

65.45

67.50

Couple

both under 18

51.85

53.45

both under 18 with child

78.30

80.75

both under 18 (main phase)

65.45

67.50

both under 18 with child (main phase)

102.75

105.95

one 18 or over, one under 18

102.75

105.95

both over 18

102.75

105.95

claimant under 25, partner under 18

51.85

53.45

claimant 25 or over, partner under 18

65.45

67.50

claimant (main phase), partner under 18

65.45

67.50

Premiums

enhanced disability

Single

13.65

14.05

Couple

19.65

20.25

severe disability

Single

53.65

55.30

couple (lower rate)

53.65

55.30

couple (higher rate)

107.30

110.60

Carer

30.05

31.00

pensioner

single with WRAC

41.20

43.10

single with support component

35.75

37.50

single with no component

67.15

69.85

couple with WRAC

73.70

77.00

couple with support component

68.25

71.40

couple with no component

99.65

103.75

Components

Work-related activity

25.95

26.75

Support

31.40

32.35

Housing Benefit

Personal allowances

Single

under 25

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

entitled to main phase ESA

65.45

67.50

lone parent

under 18

51.85

53.45

18 or over

65.45

67.50

entitled to main phase ESA

65.45

67.50

Couple

both under 18

78.30

80.75

one or both 18 or over

102.75

105.95

claimant entitled to main phase ESA

102.75

105.95

dependent children

57.57

62.33

pensioner

single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but under 65

132.60

137.35

couple—one or both has attained the qualifying age for pension credit but both under 65

202.40

209.70

single/lone parent—65 and over

153.15

157.90

couple—one or both 65 and over

229.50

236.80

Premiums

family

17.40

17.40

family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

child under 1

10.50

10.50

disability

single

28.00

28.85

couple

39.85

41.10

enhanced disability

single

13.65

14.05

disabled child

21.00

21.63

couple

19.65

20.25

severe disability

single

53.65

55.30

couple (lower rate)

53.65

55.30

couple (higher rate)

107.30

110.60

disabled child

52.08

53.62

carer

30.05

31.00

ESA components

work-related activity

25.95

26.75

support

31.40

32.35

Incapacity Benefit

Long-term incapacity benefit

91.40

94.25

Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)

lower rate

68.95

71.10

higher rate

81.60

84.15

Short-term incapacity benefit (over state pension age)

lower rate

87.75

90.45

higher rate

91.40

94.25

Increase of long-term incapacity benefit for age

higher rate

15.00

13.80

lower rate

5.80

5.60

Invalidity allowance (Transitional)

higher rate

15.00

13.80

middle rate

8.40

7.10

lower rate

5.45

5.60

Income Support

Personal allowances

single

under 25

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

lone parent

under 18

51.85

53.45

18 or over

65.45

67.50

couple

both under 18

51.85

53.45

both under 18—higher rate

78.30

80.75

one under 18, one under 25

51.85

53.45

one under 18, one 25 and over

65.45

67.50

both 18 or over

102.75

105.95

dependent children

57.57

62.33

Premiums

family/lone parent

17.40

17.40

pensioner (applies to couples only)

99.65

103.75

disability

single

28.00

28.85

couple

39.85

41.10

enhanced disability

single

13.65

14.05

disabled child

21.00

21.63

couple

19.65

20.25

severe disability

single

53.65

55.30

couple (lower rate)

53.65

55.30

couple (higher rate)

107.30

110.60

disabled child

52.08

53.62

carer

30.05

31.00

Relevant sum for strikers

35.00

36.00

Industrial Death Benefit

Widow's pension

higher rate

97.65

102.15

lower rate

29.30

30.65

Widower's pension

97.65

102.15

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

18 and over, or under 18 with dependants

100%

145.80

150.30

90%

131.22

135.27

80%

116.64

120.24

70%

102.06

105.21

60%

87.48

90.18

50%

72.90

75.15

40%

58.32

60.12

30%

43.74

45.09

20%

29.16

30.06

Under 18

100%

89.35

92.10

90%

80.42

82.89

80%

71.48

73.68

70%

62.55

64.47

60%

53.61

55.26

50%

44.68

46.05

40%

35.74

36.84

30%

26.81

27.63

20%

17.87

18.42

Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)

9,680.00

9,980.00

Unemployability Supplement

90.10

92.90

increase for early incapacity

higher rate

18.65

19.25

middle rate

12.00

12.40

lower rate

6.00

6.20

Maximum reduced earnings allowance

58.32

60.12

Maximum retirement allowance

14.58

15.03

Constant attendance allowance

exceptional rate

116.80

120.40

intermediate rate

87.60

90.30

normal maximum rate

58.40

60.20

part-time rate

29.20

30.10

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

58.40

60.20

Jobseeker's Allowance

Contribution based JSA—Personal rates

under 25

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

Income-based JSA - personal allowances

under 25

51.85

53.45

25 or over

65.45

67.50

lone parent

under 18

51.85

53.45

18 or over

65.45

67.50

couple

both under 18

51.85

53.45

both under 18—higher rate

78.30

80.75

one under 18, one under 25

51.85

53.45

one under 18, one 25 and over

65.45

67.50

both 18 or over

102.75

105.95

dependent children

57.57

62.33

Premiums

family/lone parent

17.40

17.40

pensioner

single

67.15

69.85

couple

99.65

103.75

disability

single

28.00

28.85

couple

39.85

41.10

enhanced disability

single

13.65

14.05

disabled child

21.00

21.63

couple

19.65

20.25

severe disability

single

53.65

55.30

couple (lower rate)

53.65

55.30

couple (higher rate)

107.30

110.60

disabled child

52.08

53.62

carer

30.05

31.00

Prescribed sum for strikers

35.00

36.00

Maternity Allowance

Standard rate

124.88

128.73

MA threshold

30.00

30.00

Pension Credit

Standard minimum guarantee

single

132.60

137.35

couple

202.40

209.70

Additional amount for severe disability

single

53.65

55.30

couple (one qualifies)

53.65

55.30

couple (both qualify)

107.30

110.60

Additional amount for carers

30.05

31.00

Savings credit

threshold—single

98.40

103.15

threshold—couple

157.25

164.55

maximum—single

20.52

20.52

maximum—couple

27.09

27.09

Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage

202.40

209.70

Additional amount for additional spouse

69.80

72.35

Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmen's Compensation (Supplementation)

Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum)

145.80

150.30

Partial disablement allowance

53.90

55.55

Unemployability supplement

90.10

92.90

increases for early incapacity -

higher rate

18.65

19.25

middle rate

12.00

12.40

lower rate

6.00

6.20

Constant attendance allowance

exceptional rate

116.80

120.40

intermediate rate

87.60

90.30

normal maximum rate

58.40

60.20

part-time rate

29.20

30.10

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

58.40

60.20

Lesser incapacity allowance

maximum rate of allowance

53.90

55.55

based on loss of earnings over

71.40

73.60

Severe Disablement Allowance

Basic rate

59.45

62.95

Age-related addition (from Dec 90)

Higher rate

15.00

13.80

Middle rate

8.40

7.10

Lower rate

5.45

5.60

State Pension

Category A or B

97.65

102.15

Category B(lower)—spouse or civil partner's insurance

58.50

61.20

Category C or D—non-contributory

58.50

61.20

Additional pension

Increase by:

3.10%

Increments to:-

Basic pension

Increase by:

3.10%

Additional pension

Increase by:

3.10%

Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB)

Increase by:

3.10%

Inheritable lump sum

Increase by:

3.10%

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

Increase by:

3.00%

Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit)

0.1153

0.1189

Increase of long-term incapacity for age

Increase by:

3.10%

Addition at age 80

0.25

0.25

Increase of long-term incapacity for age

higher rate

18.65

19.25

lower rate

9.35

9.65

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients

higher rate

18.65

19.25

middle rate

12.00

12.40

lower rate

6.00

6.20

Statutory Adoption Pay

Earnings threshold

97.00

102.00

Standard Rate

124.88

128.73

Statutory Maternity Pay

Earnings threshold

97.00

102.00

Standard rate

124.88

128.73

Statutory Paternity Pay

Earnings threshold

97.00

102.00

Standard Rate

124.88

128.73

Statutory Sick Pay

Earnings threshold

97.00

102.00

Standard rate

79.15

81.60

Widow's Benefit

Widowed mother's allowance

97.65

100.70

Widow's pension

standard rate

97.65

100.70

age-related1

age 54 (49)

90.81

93.65

53 (48)

83.98

86.60

52 (47)

77.14

79.55

51 (46)

70.31

72.50

50 (45)

63.47

65.46

49 (44)

56.64

58.41

48 (43)

49.80

51.36

47 (42)

42.97

44.31

46 (41)

36.13

37.26

45 (40)

29.30

30.21

1 For deaths occurring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.