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CORONAVIRUS: These amounts include a £20 a week increase that is a temporary measure up to 4th April 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This means that in April 2021 you may see your UC award drop of up to  £20 a week. Think carefully before taking out any commitments that you will still be responsible to pay after April 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 circumstancesMonthly Standard Allowance
Single and under 25£342.72
Single and 25 or over£409.89
In a couple and you’re both under 25£488.59

In a couple and either of you are 25 or over£594.04

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 £342.72.

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 £594.04.