Maximum UC

Maximum Universal Credit

The first step to working out how much Universal Credit you are entitled to is to work out the maximum you could get.

Your household’s maximum Universal Credit amount is calculated by adding together various Allowances and Elements. This will be made up of one standard amount and any additional Elements that apply to you and your household (for example, for housing costs or children).

It is worth checking that the DWP have included all the Elements that you are entitled to, as mistakes are made.

We have listed below the various Elements that are available.

IMPORTANT: If you feel that an Element that you are entitled to is missing from your UC assessment contact your work coach and/or a benefits advisor for help.

The Different Elements

Standard Allowance
For you (and your partner if you are a couple)
See For You for more information.

Child Element
If you are responsible for a child or young person
See If you have children for more information.

Disabled Child Element
If you are responsible for a child who is getting Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
See If you have children for more information.

Childcare Costs Element
If you (or your partner) pays childcare costs to enable you to work
See Help with childcare costs for more information.

Limited Capability for Work Related Activity Element
If you (or your partner) have been found to have a Limited Capability for Work Related Activity, are getting New-Style ESA and are in the Support Group, or were previously getting Income-Related ESA in the Support Group when you made your claim for Universal Credit.
See If you have a disability that affects your ability to work for more information.

or Limited Capability for Work Element 

This no longer exists for new claims, but some people who were sick before 3 April 2017 get this.
See If you have a disability that affects your ability to work for more information.

Carer Element
If you (or your partner) are caring for a severely disabled person 35 hours or more a week (it doesn’t matter if you/your partner are in work, or how much you/your partner earn – you may still be entitled)
See If you are a carer for more information.

Housing Costs Element
To help you pay your rent – click here
See If you pay rent or service charges for more information.

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