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Written Statements

Volume 572: debated on Monday 9 December 2013

Written Statements

Monday 9 December 2013

Defence

Central African Republic

The Government are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating security situation and growing humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. We are working with international partners, and through international organisations, to end the violence, deliver humanitarian support, and re-establish stability and security. As the Central African Republic is surrounded by countries that are still recovering or suffering from recent conflicts, engagement by the international community is vital to prevent a repetition of previous crises in the region. The scale of this challenge means that we must use all means at our disposal: our diplomatic networks, aid and trade, our political relations, and our military and security co-operation.

The Government have worked closely with France and other Security Council partners to agree a United Nations Security Council resolution on the Central African Republic; resolution 2127 was adopted on 5 December. UNSCR 2127 marks a critical step in restoring security and authorises the deployment of the African-led international support mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA). MISCA will contribute to: the protection of civilians; the vital restoration of security and public order; the stabilisation of the country; the restoration of state authority over the whole country; and the creation of conditions to enable the provision of humanitarian assistance. It also authorises French forces to take all necessary measures to support MISCA in the discharge of its mandate and, recognising the severity of the situation, imposes an arms embargo and encourages progress on the transitional arrangements initiated in Libreville on 11 January 2013.

Shortly after UNSCR 2127 was adopted, President Hollande announced that France would be launching operation Sangaris immediately, in conjunction with Africans and with the support of European partners. On 6 December, following this announcement and in response to a request from the Government of France to provide logistical support to their operation, the United Kingdom deployed a RAF C-17 transport aircraft to move French equipment to the Central African Republic. In the spirit of our strong bilateral relationship with France and in line with the undertakings of the Lancaster House treaty of 2010, the United Kingdom will provide a further two RAF C-17 flights between now and mid-December to help the rapid deployment of equipment for French forces in support of MISCA. The Government have no intention to deploy UK troops in a combat role and have therefore clearly defined the level of support that we will provide to France.

Our military support follows the announcement of a £10 million UK aid package, having already contributed £5 million in July. We are now one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance to the people of the Central African Republic and will operate alongside the International Red Cross and UN agencies to help thousands of people gain access to food, water, shelter, sanitation and healthcare. We will continue to work closely with France and other partners to improve the security situation in the Central African Republic and relieve the suffering of its people.

Energy and Climate Change

Clean Energy Infrastructure

Preferred bidders in the Government’s £1 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) commercialisation programme were announced in March 2013. Since then, my Department has taken forward detailed negotiations with these bidders to draw up and agree specifications and contracts for front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies of their projects. Developing CCS infrastructure forms part of the Government’s national infrastructure plan, published last week.

I am pleased to inform Parliament that I intend to award a multi-million pound contract for detailed design and planning, known as a FEED study, to Capture Power Ltd for the White Rose CCS project, which includes the Yorkshire-Humber CCS Trunkline, a carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation and storage solution to be undertaken by National Grid Carbon Ltd.

The White Rose proposal is to build a new state-of-the-art 426MWe (gross) clean coal power plant with full carbon capture and storage, bringing clean electricity to over 630,000 homes and capturing approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year. This will link into the planned development of a CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure which would have capacity for additional CCS projects in the area.

FEED is an important stage in the development of major infrastructure projects. It is a comprehensive programme of engineering, planning and financial work to thoroughly develop the proposal ahead of taking final investment decisions. It represents a significant investment in the project by both the Government and the bidder.

In addition to informing investment decisions, these studies will provide valuable new practical research into this area. We will share the information gathered by these studies with industry, academics and the public through our knowledge transfer programme to help drive forward this important industry.

Negotiations on the FEED study for the other preferred bidder project are still under way. They are progressing positively and we hope to make an announcement on the outcome shortly.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Judges and Advocate-General (Appointments)

I would like to update the House on recent appointments and renewals of mandates to the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the appointment of an Advocate-General of the Court of Justice.

The following judges have had their mandates to the General Court renewed until 31 August 2019: Nicholas James Forwood (United Kingdom); Alfred Dittrich (Germany); Ingrida Labucka (Latvia); Miro Prek (Slovenia); Mariyana Kancheva (Bulgaria); Guido Berardis (Italy); Eugène Buttigieg (Malta); Carl Wetter (Sweden) and Irena Pelikanova (Czech Republic).

Additionally, the following judges have been appointed: Stéphane Gervasoni (France); Egidijus Bieliunas (Lithuania); Ignacio Ulloa Rubio (Spain) and Lauri Madise (Estonia).

In the Court of Justice, the Estonian judge Uno Lõhmus has been replaced by Küllike Jürimäe, and the Luxembourg judge Jean-Jacques Kasel has been replaced by François Biltgen. Their mandates expire in October 2015.

As a result of Croatian accession, Vesna Tomljenovic and Sinisa Rodin have been appointed as judges to the General Court and Court of Justice respectively.

Finally, Maciej Szpunar (Poland) has been appointed as Advocate-General of the Court of Justice.

Ministerial Oral Question (Correction)

On 29 October 2013, Official Report, column 752, during oral questions to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz) asked me about the number of British businesspeople of Chinese origin who joined the Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Transport on recent visits to China.

I replied that

“I do not have that information at my fingertips, but I imagine that quite a few of them were. I will write to the right hon. Gentleman with the details”—[Official Report, 29 October 2013; Vol. 569, c.752].

I have written to the right hon. Member with the details, and would like to inform the House that neither the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change nor the Secretary of State for Transport were accompanied by any British business people on their trips. The Chancellor was accompanied by 25 representatives of the technology sector, none of whom were of Chinese origin.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

I would like to inform the House that the framework agreement between the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been updated, in line with Cabinet Office and HM Treasury guidelines for non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).

The framework agreement combines a management statement, which sets out the basis for the FCO’s relationship with WFD, and a financial memorandum, which sets out in greater detail the financial framework within which the WFD is required to operate.

I have placed copies of the agreement in the Libraries of both Houses. The agreement is also available on the Westminster Foundation for Democracy website.

Home Department

Changes in Immigration Rules

The Government keep visa regimes under constant review to ensure that the UK has the right visa requirements set in the right places, aligned to risk. Today I am laying changes to the immigration rules to provide a new, straightforward and free alternative to a visa for short-term visitors from Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We intend to extend similar arrangements to Kuwait later in 2014. Britain is open for business and genuine visitors and tourists coming here to enjoy our world-class attractions, study or do business are always welcome.

Passport holders of Oman, Qatar and the UAE will, from 1 January 2014, be able to travel to the UK visa-free if they have obtained an electronic visa waiver (EVW) document online at least 48 hours in advance of travel to the United Kingdom, and present the document to an immigration officer upon request on arrival.

This simple online form means there is no fee, there will be no requirement to give biometrics or attend a visa application centre. Guidance will be published on the Home Office website. Some visitors may still prefer a long-term multi-entry visit visa and the facility to obtain these visas will remain.

I am also laying a change relating to the Vatican City. Holders of non-national travel documents require a visa before travel to the United Kingdom. This rule includes holders of service, temporary service and diplomatic passports issued by the Holy See. The Government have assessed the procedures for issuance of these documents and consider that they are robust enough to merit an exemption from the visit visa requirement. Nationals and citizens of the Vatican City are already exempt from the visa requirement.

The changes also include minor amendments to the rules for armed forces and for graduate entrepreneurs.

Alongside these changes, UK visas and immigration continues to be focused on delivering excellent customer service to business and leisure visitors and ensuring that the UK maintains a competitive visa system that can innovate in order to serve the ever-changing needs of business and ensure Britain succeeds in the global race.

Work and Pensions

Benefits Uprating

I am pleased to announce the proposed social security benefits rates for 2014, 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 2014, this will be the week beginning 7 April. A corresponding provision will be made in Northern Ireland.

RATESRATES

(Weekly rates unless otherwise shown)

2013

2014

attendance allowance

higher rate

79.15

81.30

lower rate

53.00

54.45

bereavement benefit

Bereavement payment (lump sum)

2000.00

2000.00

Widowed parent's allowance

108.30

111.20

Bereavement Allowance

standard rate

108.30

111.20

age-related

age 54

100.72

103.42

53

93.14

95.63

52

85.56

87.85

51

77.98

80.06

50

70.40

72.28

49

62.81

64.50

48

55.23

56.71

47

47.65

48.93

46

40.07

41.14

45

32.49

33.36

Benefit cap

In Housing Benefit (weekly rate)

Couples and lone parents

500.00

500.00

Single persons without children

350.00

350.00

In Universal Credit (monthly rate)

Joint claimants and single claimants with children

2167.00

2167.00

Joint claimants and single claimants without children

1517.00

1517.00

Capital limits - rules common to Income Support, income based Jobseeker's Allowance,

income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, and Housing Benefit, and Universal Credit

unless stated otherwise

upper limit

16000.00

16000.00

upper limit - Pension Credit and those getting Housing Benefit and Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

No limit

No limit

Amount disregarded - all benefits except Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Guarantee Credit

6000.00

6000.00

Amount disregarded - Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Pension Credit

10000.00

10000.00

child disregard (not Pension Credit or Employment and Support Allowance)

3000.00

3000.00

amt disregarded (living in RC/NH)

10000.00

10000.00

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 Housing Benefit where clmt/ptner 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

59.75

61.35

deductions - Rules common to Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Housing 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

13.60

14.15

aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

- gross income: less than £128

13.60

14.15

- gross income: £128 to £187.99

31.25

32.45

- gross income: £188 to £244.99

42.90

44.55

- gross income: £245 to £325.99

70.20

72.95

- gross income: £326 to £405.99

79.95

83.05

- gross income: £406 and above

87.75

91.15

Deductions from housing benefit

Service charges for fuel

Heating

25.60

27.55

hot water

2.95

3.20

Lighting

2.05

2.20

Cooking

2.95

3.20

Amount ineligible for meals

three or more meals a day

single claimant

25.85

26.55

each person in family aged 16 or over

25.85

26.55

each child under 16

13.10

13.45

less than three meals a day

single claimant

17.20

17.65

each person in family aged 16 or over

17.20

17.65

each child under 16

8.65

8.90

breakfast only - claimant and each member of the family

3.15

3.25

Amount for personal expenses (not HB)

23.50

23.75

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

arrears of housing, fuel and water costs

3.60

3.65

council tax etc. and deductions for ELDS and ILS.

child support, contribution towards maintenance (CTM)

standard deduction

7.20

7.30

lower deduction

3.60

3.65

arrears of Community Charge

court order against claimant

3.60

3.65

court order against couple

5.65

5.70

fine or compensation order

standard rate

5.00

5.00

lower rate

3.60

3.65

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

ordinary overpayments

10.80

10.95

where claimant convicted of fraud

18.00

18.25

Deductions from JSA(C) and ESA (C)

Arrears of Comm. Charge and overpayment recovery

Age 16-24

18.93

19.11

Age 25 +

23.90

24.13

Arrears of Council Tax and Fines

Age 16-24

22.72

22.94

Age 25 +

28.68

28.96

Max. dedn for arrears of Child Maintenance

Age 16-24

18.93

19.11

Age 25 +

23.90

24.13

dependency increases

Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after

children - payable with;

State Pension on own insurance (Cat A or B)

63.20

64.90

long term Incapacity Benefit

58.85

60.45

Severe Disablement Allowance

35.35

36.30

Carers Allowance

35.15

36.10

short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)

56.65

58.20

short-term Incapacity Benefit (under State Pension age)

45.85

47.10

Child Dependency Increases - payable with;

State Pension; Widowed Mothers/Parents Allowance;

11.35

11.35

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);

NB - 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

8.05

disability living allowance

Care Component

Highest

79.15

81.30

Middle

53.00

54.45

Lowest

21.00

21.55

Mobility Component

Higher

55.25

56.75

Lower

21.00

21.55

Disregards

Housing 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

99.50

101.00

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 (ESA (IR)) and Pension Credit

Earnings disregards

standard (single claimant) (not ESA (IR))

5.00

5.00

Couple (not ESA(IR))

10.00

10.00

Higher (special occupations/circumstances)

20.00

20.00

partner of claimant (ESA (IR))

20.00 (maximum)

20.00 (maximum)

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

99.50

101.00

Permitted work earnings limit – higher

99.50

101.00

- lower

20.00

20.00

Industrial injuries unemployability supplement

5174.00

5252.00

permitted earnings level (annual amount)

Earnings level at which adult dependency (ADI) increases are

affected with:

short-term incapacity benefit where claimant is

(a) under state pension age

45.85

47.10

(b) over state pension age

56.65

58.20

state pension, long term incapacity benefit,

severe disablement allowance, unemployability

supplement - payable when dependant

(a) is living with claimant

71.70

72.40

(b) still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule

45.09

45.09

Earnings level at which ADI is affected when dependant

is not living with claimant;

state pension.

63.20

64.90

long-term incapacity benefit.

58.85

60.45

unemployability supplement,

59.75

61.35

severe disablement allowance

35.35

36.30

Carers allowance

35.15

36.10

Earnings level at which child dependency increases are affected

for first child

220.00

225.00

additional amount for each subsequent child

29.00

30.00

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

56.80

57.35

25 or over

71.70

72.40

lone parent

under 18

56.80

57.35

18 or over

71.70

72.40

Couple

both under 18

56.80

57.35

both under 18 with child

85.80

86.65

both under 18 (main phase)

71.70

72.40

both under 18 with child (main phase)

112.55

113.70

one 18 or over, one under 18 (certain conditions apply)

112.55

113.70

both over 18

112.55

113.70

claimant under 25, partner under 18

56.80

57.35

claimant 25 or over, partner under 18

71.70

72.40

claimant (main phase), partner under 18

71.70

72.40

Premiums

enhanced disability

Single

15.15

15.55

Couple

21.75

22.35

severe disability

single

59.50

61.10

couple (lower rate)

59.50

61.10

couple (higher rate)

119.00

122.20

Carer

33.30

34.20

Pensioner

single with WRAC

45.25

47.20

single with support component

38.90

40.20

single with no component

73.70

75.95

couple with WRAC

81.05

84.05

couple with support component

74.70

77.05

couple with no component

109.50

112.80

Components

Work-related Activity

28.45

28.75

Support

34.80

35.75

housing benefit

Personal allowances

Single

under 25

56.80

57.35 1

25 or over

71.70

72.40

entitled to main phase ESA

71.70

72.40

lone parent

under 18

56.80

57.35

18 or over

71.70

72.40

entitled to main phase ESA

71.70

72.40

Couple

both under l8

85.80

86.65

one or both 18 or over

112.55

113.70

claimant entitled to main phase ESA

112.55

113.70

dependent children

65.62

66.33

pensioner

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

145.40

148.35

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

222.05

226.50

single/lone parent - 65 and over

163.50

165.15

couple - one or both 65 and over

244.95

247.20

Premiums

family

17.40

17.45

family (lone parent rate)

22.20

22.20

Disability

single

31.00

31.85

couple

44.20

45.40

enhanced disability

single

15.15

15.55

disabled child

23.45

24.08

couple

21.75

22.35

severe disability

single

59.50

61.10

couple (lower rate)

59.50

61.10

couple (higher rate)

119.00

122.20

disabled child

57.89

59.50

Carer

33.30

34.20

ESA components

work-related activity

28.45

28.75

support

34.80

35.75

incapacity benefit

Long-term Incapacity Benefit

101.35

104.10

Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)

lower rate

76.45

78.50

higher rate

90.50

92.95

Short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)

lower rate

97.25

99.90

higher rate

101.35

104.10

Increase of Long-term Incapacity Benefit for age

higher rate

10.70

11.00

lower rate

6.00

6.15

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)

higher rate

10.70

11.00

middle rate

6.00

6.15

lower rate

6.00

6.15

income support

Personal Allowances

single

under 25

56.80

57.35

25 or over

71.70

72.40

lone parent

under 18

56.80

57.35

18 or over

71.70

72.40

couple

both under 18

56.80

57.35

both under 18 - higher rate

85.80

86.65

one under 18, one under 25

56.80

57.35

one under 18, one 25 and over

71.70

72.40

both 18 or over

112.55

113.70

dependent children

65.62

66.33

Premiums

Family/lone parent

17.40

17.45

pensioner (applies to couples only)

109.50

112.80

disability

single

31.00

31.85

couple

44.20

45.40

enhanced disability

single

15.15

15.55

disabled child

23.45

24.08

couple

21.75

22.35

severe disability

single

59.50

61.10

couple (lower rate)

59.50

61.10

couple (higher rate)

119.00

122.20

disabled child

57.89

59.50

Carer

33.30

34.20

Relevant sum for strikers

39.00

40.00

industrial death benefit

Widow's pension

higher rate

110.15

113.10

lower rate

33.05

33.93

Widower's pension

110.15

113.10

industrial injuries disablement benefit

Standard rate

100%

161.60

166.00

90%

145.44

149.40

80%

129.28

132.80

70%

113.12

116.20

60%

96.96

99.60

50%

80.80

83.00

40%

64.64

66.40

30%

48.48

49.80

20%

32.32

33.20

Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)

10730.00

11020.00

Unemployability Supplement

99.90

102.60

increase for early incapacity

higher rate

20.70

21.25 1

middle rate

13.30

13.70

lower rate

6.65

6.85

Maximum reduced earnings allowance

64.64

66.40

Maximum retirement allowance

16.16

16.60

Constant attendance allowance

exceptional rate

129.40

132.80

intermediate rate

97.05

99.60

normal maximum rate

64.70

66.40

part-time rate

32.35

33.20

Exceptionally severe disablement allowance

64.70

66.40

jobseeker's allowance

Contribution based JSA - Personal rates

under 25

56.80

57.35

25 or over

71.70

72.40

Income-based JSA - personal allowances

under 25

56.80

57.35

25 or over

71.70

72.40

lone parent

under 18

56.80

57.35

18 or over

71.70

72.40

Couple

both under 18

56.80

57.35

both under 18 - higher rate

85.80

86.65

one under 18, one under 25

56.80

57.35

one under 18, one 25 and over

71.70

72.40

both 18 or over

112.55

113.70

dependent children

65.62

66.33

Premiums

Family/lone parent

17.40

17.45

pensioner

single

73.70

75.95

couple

109.50

112.80

disability

single

31.00

31.85

couple

44.20

45.40

enhanced disability

single

15.15

15.55

disabled child

23.45

24.08

couple

21.75

22.35

severe disability

single

59.50

61.10

couple (lower rate)

59.50

61.10

couple (higher rate)

119.00

122.20

disabled child

57.89

59.50

Carer

33.30

34.20

Prescribed sum for strikers

39.00

40.00

maternity allowance

Standard rate

136.78

138.18

MA threshold

30.00

30.00

pension credit

Standard minimum guarantee

single

145.40

148.35

couple

222.05

226.50

Additional amount for severe disability

single

59.50

61.10

couple (one qualifies)

59.50

61.10

couple (both qualify)

119.00

122.20

Additional amount for carers

33.30

34.20

Savings credit

threshold - single

115.30

120.35

threshold - couple

183.90

192.00

maximum - single

18.06

16.80

maximum - couple

22.89

20.70

Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage

222.05

226.50

Additional amount for additional spouse

76.65

78.15

Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit purposes)

Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions

2.20%

2.70%

personal independence payment

Daily living component

Enhanced

79.15

81.30

Standard

53.00

54.45

Mobility component

Enhanced

55.25

56.75

Standard

21.00

21.55

severe disablement allowance

Basic rate

71.80

73.75

Age-related addition (from Dec 90)

Higher rate

10.70

11.00

Middle rate

6.00

6.15

Lower rate

6.00

6.15

state pension

Category A or B

110.15

113.10

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

66.00

67.80

Category C or D - non-contributory

66.00

67.80

Additional pension

2.20%

2.70%

Increments to:-

Basic pension

2.20%

2.70%

Additional pension

2.20%

2.70%

Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB)

2.20%

2.70%

Inheritable lump sum

2.20%

2.70%

Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of

Nil

Nil

pre-April 1988 contracted-out earnings

Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of

contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 1997

2.20%

2.70%

Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit)

0.1279

0.1314

Increase of long term incapacity for age

2.20%

2.70%

Addition at age 80

0.25

0.25

Increase of Long-term incapacity for age

higher rate

20.70

21.25

lower rate

10.35

10.65

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients

higher rate

20.70

21.25

middle rate

13.30

13.70

lower rate

6.65

6.85

statutory adoption pay

Earnings threshold

109.00

111.00

Standard Rate

136.78

138.18

statutory maternity pay

Earnings threshold

109.00

111.00

Standard rate

136.78

138.18

statutory paternity pay

Earnings threshold

109.00

111.00

Standard Rate

136.78

138.18

Additional statutory paternity pay

136.78

138.18

statutory sick pay

Earnings threshold

109.00

111.00

Standard rate

86.70

87.55

universal credit (monthly rates)

Universal Credit Minimum Amount

0.01

0.01

Universal Credit Amounts

Standard allowance

Single

Single under 25

246.81

249.28

Single 25 or over

311.55

314.67

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

387.42

391.29

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

489.06

493.95

Child element

First child

272.08

274.58

Second/subsequent child

226.67

229.17

Disabled child additions

Lower rate addition

123.62

124.86

Higher rate addition

352.92

362.92

Limited Capability for Work element

123.62

124.86

Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity element

303.66

311.86

Carer element

144.70

148.61

Childcare element

Maximum for one child

532.29

532.29

Maximum for two or more children

912.50

912.50

Non-dependants' housing cost contributions

68.00

68.68

Work allowances

Higher work allowance (no housing element)

Single

Single claimant, no dependent children

111.00

111.00

Single claimant, one or more children

734.00

734.00

Single claimant, limited capability for work

647.00

647.00

Joint claimants

Joint claimant, no dependent children

111.00

111.00

Joint claimant, one or more children

536.00

536.00

Joint claimant, limited capability for work

647.00

647.00

Lower work allowance

Single

Single claimant, no dependent children

111.00

111.00

Single claimant, one or more children

263.00

263.00

Single claimant, limited capability for work

192.00

192.00

Joint claimants

Joint claimant, no dependent children

111.00

111.00

Joint claimant, one or more children

222.00

222.00

Joint claimant, limited capability for work

192.00

192.00

Assumed income from capital

4.35

4.35

Third Party Deductions at 5% of UC Standard Allowance for:

Single

Single under 25

12.34

12.46

Single 25 or over

15.58

15.73

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

19.37

19.56

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

24.45

24.70

Maximum deductions for Fines

108.35

108.35

Overall Maximum Deduction Rate at 40% of UC Standard Allowance:

Single

Single under 25

98.72

99.71

Single 25 or over

124.62

125.87

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

154.97

156.52

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

195.62

197.58

Fraud Overpayments, Recoverable Hardship Payments and Administrative Penalties at 40% of UC Standard Allowance

Single

Single under 25

98.72

99.71

Single 25 or over

124.62

125.87

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

154.97

156.52

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

195.62

197.58

Normal Overpayments and Civil Penalties at 15% of UC Standard Allowance

Single

Single under 25

37.02

37.39

Single 25 or over

46.73

47.20

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

58.11

58.69

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

73.36

74.09

Normal Overpayments and Civil Penalties at 25%) of UC Standard Allowance if claimant's and/or partner's earnings are over the Work Allowance

Single

Single under 25

61.70

62.32

Single 25 or over

77.89

78.67

Couple

Joint claimants both under 25

96.86

97.82

Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over

122.27

123.49

Widow’s benefit

Widowed mother's allowance

108.30

111.20

Widow's pension

standard rate

108.30

111.20

age-related

age 54 (49)

100.72

103.42

53 (48)

93.14

95.63

52 (47)

85.56

87.85

51 (46)

77.98

80.06

50 (45)

70.40

72.28

49 (44)

62.81

64.50

48 (43)

55.23

56.71

47 (42)

47.65

48.93

46 (41)

40.07

41.14

45 (40)

32.49

33.36

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