For You

CORONAVIRUS: These amounts include a £20 a week increase that is a temporary measure up to September 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This means that in October 2021 you may see your UC award drop by up to £20 a week. Think carefully before taking out any commitments that you will still be responsible to pay after October 2021.

Standard allowance

Every Universal Credit award should include a standard amount for you (and your partner).

This is known as your Standard Allowance.

Your monthly amount will depend on whether you are single or in a couple, and your age:

Your circumstances Monthly Standard Allowance
Single and under 25 £344.00
Single and 25 or over £411.51
In a couple and you’re both under 25 £490.60

In a couple and either of you are 25 or over £596.58

Example:
Ruben lives on his own in a rented one bedroom flat. Ruben is 23 years old. His Maximum Universal Credit will include a Standard Allowance of £344.00

Example:
Phil and Vanda are a couple. They live in a rented three bedroom house with their two children. Phil is 24 and Vanda is 27. Their Maximum Universal Credit will include a Standard Allowance of £596.58.