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1 Benefit Uprating (Weekly rates unless otherwise shown) Rates Rates Attendance Allowance higher rate lower rate Carer's Allowance Council Tax Benefit Personal allowances Single 18 to or over lone parent - 18 or over couple - one or both over Column 43WS Column 44WS dependent children from birth to September following 16th birthday from September following 16th birthday to day before 20 (th) birthday pensioner (from October 2003) single / lone parent couple - one or both single / lone parent - 65 and over couple - one or both 65 and over Premiums Family family (lone parent rate)

2 child under pensioner single couple pensioner (enhanced) single couple pensioner (higher) single couple disability single couple enhanced disability premium single rate disabled child rate couple rate severe disability single couple (lower rate) couple (higher rate) disabled child carer Non-dependant deductions aged 18 or over and in remunerative work gross income: 353 or more gross income: gross income: gross income less than others, aged 18 or over

3 Alternative maximum Council Tax Benefit second adult on IS, JSA(IB) or Pension Credit first adult(s) student(s) 25% of Council Tax 25% of Council Tax 100% of Council Tax Column 45WS Column 46WS second adult s gross income: under % of Council Tax 162 to % of Council Tax 15% of Council Tax 7.5% of Council Tax Capital upper limit 16, , amount disregarded 6, , upper limit (claimant/partner 60 or over) 16, , upper limit (PC guarantee) from October 2003 No limit No limit amount disregarded (claimant/partner 60 or 6, , over) child disregard , upper limit of RC/NH 16, , amount disregarded of RC/NH 10, , Tariff income 1 for every complete 250 or part thereof between amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit Tariff income (claimant/partner 60 or over) from October for every 500 or part thereof between amount of capital disregard and capital upper limit Earnings disregards where disability premium awarded

4 various specified employments lone parent where the claimant has a partner single claimant where carer premium awarded childcare charges childcare charges (2 or more children) Other income disregards maintenance disregard war disablement pension and war widow s pension Armed Forces Compensation Scheme student loan student s covenanted income income from boarders: disregard the fixed amount ( 20) plus 50% of the balance of the charge additional earnings disregard Expenses for subtenants furnished or unfurnished where heating is included, additional Dependency Increases Adult Dependency Increases For spouse or person looking after children, with: State Pension on own insurance, long term incapacity benefit, unemployability supplement Column 47WS Column 48WS severe disablement allowance

5 carers allowance short-term incapacity benefit if beneficiary over state pension age maternity allowance/short-term incapacity benefit Child Dependency Increases, with: State pension, widowed mothers allowance, widowed parents allowance, short-term incapacity benefit at the higher rate and long term incapacity benefit carers allowance, severe disability allowance, higher rate industrial death benefit, unemployability supplement and short-term incapacity benefit if beneficiary over pension age NB - The Overlapping Benefits Regulations provide for the rate of child dependency increases to be adjusted where the increase is payable for the eldest eligible child for whom Child benefit is also payable. The weekly rate of the increase is reduced by the differential (less 3.65 from April 2004) between the rate of Child Benefit payable for the oldest eligible child and that payable for a subsequent child. Disability Living Allowance Care Component Highest Middle Lowest

6 Mobility Component Higher Lower Earnings Rules Carers Allowance Limit of earnings from councillor s allowance Permitted work earnings limit Industrial injuries unemployability 4, , supplement permitted earnings level (annual amount) Adult dependency increases with: short-term incapacity benefit where claimant is (a) under state pension age (b) over state pension age Column 49WS Column 50WS maternity allowance state pension, long-term incapacity benefit, disablement allowance, unemployability supplement where dependant (a) is living with claimant (b) still qualifies for the tapered earnings rule state pension,

7 long-term incapacity benefit and unemployability supplement where dependant not living with claimant severe disablement allowance where dependant not living with claimant carers allowance Child dependency increases level at which CDIs are affected by earnings of claimant s spouse or partner for first child for each subsequent child Housing Benefit Personal allowances Single 16 to or over lone parent under or over couple both under one or both 18 or over dependent children from birth to September following 16th birthday from September following 16th birthday to day before 20th birthday

8 pensioner (from October 2003) single lone parent couple - one or both single / lone parent - 65 and over couple - one or both 65 and over Premiums family Column 51WS Column 52WS family (lone parent rate) child under pensioner single couple pensioner (enhanced) single couple pensioner (higher) single couple disability single couple enhanced disability premium single rate disabled child rate couple rate severe disability single

9 couple (lower rate) couple (higher rate) disabled child carer Non-dependant deductions rent rebates and allowances aged 25 and over, in receipt of Income Support or income based Job Seekers Allowance aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work - gross income less than aged 18 or over and in remunerative work - gross income: less than gross income: 111 to gross income: 164 to gross income: 213 to gross income: 283 to gross income: 353 and above Service charges for fuel heating hot water lighting cooking Amount ineligible for meals three or more meals a day single claimant each person in family aged 16 or over each child under Column 53WS Column 54WS

10 less than three meals a day single claimant each person in family aged 16 or over each child under breakfast only - claimant and each member of family Capital upper limit 16, , amount disregarded 6, , upper limit (claimant/partner 60 or over) 16, , upper limit (PC guarantee) from October 2003 No limit No limit amount disregarded (claimant/partner 60 or 6, , over) child disregard 3, , upper limit of RC/NH 16, , amount disregarded of RC/NH 10, , Tariff income 1 for every complete 250 or part thereof between amount disregarded and capital upper limit Tariff income (claimant/partner 60 or over) from October for every 500 or part thereof between amount of capital disregard and capital upper limit Earnings disregards where disability premium awarded various specified employments lone parent where the claimant has a partner single claimant where carer premium awarded childcare charges

11 childcare charges (2 or more children) Other income disregards maintenance disregard war disablement pension and war widow s pension Armed Forces Compensation Scheme student loan student s covenanted income income from boarders: disregard the fixed amount ( 20) plus 50% of the balance of the charge additional earnings disregard Expenses for subtenants furnished or unfurnished where heating is included, additional Maximum rates for recovery of overpayments ordinary overpayments where claimant convicted of fraud Column 55WS Column 56WS Incapacity Benefit Long-term Incapacity Benefit Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age) lower rate higher rate Short-term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)

12 lower rate higher rate Increase of Long-term Incapacity Benefit for age higher rate lower rate Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) higher rate middle rate lower rate Income Support Personal Allowances single under 18 - usual rate under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances to or over lone parent under 18 - usual rate under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances or over couple both under both under 18, one disabled both under 18, with responsibility for a child one under 18, one one under 18, one both 18 or over dependent children birth to September following

13 16th birthday from September following 16th birthday to day before 20th birthday Premiums family Column 57WS Column 58WS family (lone parent rate) pensioner couple pensioner (enhanced) couple pensioner (higher) couple disability single couple enhanced disability premium single rate disabled child rate couple rate severe disability single couple (lower rate) couple (higher rate) disabled child carer

14 Housing costs deductions for non-dependants aged 25 and over, in receipt of Income Support aged 25 and over, in receipt of Income Support or income based Job Seekers Allowance aged 18 or over, not in work aged 18 or over and in remunerative work - gross income: less than gross income: 111 to gross income: 164 to gross income: 213 to gross income: 283 to gross income: 353 and above Deduction for third party payments arrears of housing, fuel and water costs council tax etc Child support maintenance deduction. contribution towards maintenance (CTM) deductions for child maintenance (CTM) standard deductions for child maintenance (CTM) lower Arrears of Community Charge court order against claimant court order against couple Column 59WS Column 60WS Third party deductions personal expenses allowance

15 Third party deduction for fine or compensation order standard rate lower rate Maximum rates for recovery of overpayments ordinary overpayments where claimant convicted of fraud Relevant sum for strikers Capital upper limit 16, , amount disregarded 6, , upper limit (partner 60 or over) 16, , amount disregarded (partner 60 or over) 6, , child s limit 3, , upper limit (RC/NH) 16, , amount disregarded (RC/NH) 10, , Tariff income 1 for every complete 250 or part thereof between amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit Disregards standard earnings couples earnings higher earnings war disablement pension and war widow s pension Armed Forces Compensation Scheme student loan student s covenanted income income from boarders:

16 disregard the fixed amount ( 20) plus 50% of the balance of the charge Expenses for subtenants furnished or unfurnished where heating is included, additional Industrial Death Benefit Widow s pension higher rate lower rate Widower s pension Industrial Injuries Disablement Pension 18 and over, or under 18 with dependants 100% % % Column 61WS Column 62WS 70% % % % % % Under % % % % % %

17 40% % % Maximum life gratuity (lump sum) 8, , Unemployability Supplement plus where appropriate an increase for early incapacity higher rate middle rate lower rate Maximum reduced earnings allowance Maximum retirement allowance Constant attendance allowance exceptional rate intermediate rate normal maximum rate part-time rate Exceptionally severe disablement allowance Jobseekers Allowance Contribution based JSA Personal rates under to or over Income-based JSA personal allowances under to or over lone parent

18 under 18 - usual rate under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances or over Column 63WS Column 64WS couple both under both under 18, one disabled both under 18, with responsibility for a child one under 18, one one under 18, one both 18 or over dependent children from birth to September following 16th birthday from Sept. following 16th birthday to day before 20th birthday Premiums family family (lone parent rate) pensioner single couple pensioner (enhanced) couple pensioner (higher)

19 single couple disability single couple enhanced disability premium single rate disabled child rate couple rate severe disability single couple (lower rate) couple (higher rate) disabled child carer Housing costs deductions for non-dependants aged 25 and over, in receipt of Income Support or income based Job Seekers Allowance aged 18 or over, not in remunerative work aged 18 or over and in remunerative work - gross income: less than gross income: 111 to gross income: 164 to gross income: 213 to Column 65WS Column 66WS - gross income: 283 to gross income: 353 and above Deduction for third party payments

20 Deductions from JSA (IB) arrears of housing, fuel and water costs council tax, etc Child support maintenance deduction contribution towards maintenance (CTM) deductions for child maintenance (CTM) standard deductions for child maintenance (CTM) lower Arrears of Community Charge court order against claimant court order against couple Third party deductions personal expenses allowance Deductions from JSA (Cont.) Arrears of Comm. Charge, Council Tax, fines and overpayment recovery Age Age Age Maximum deduction for arrears of Child Maintenance (CTM) Age Age Age Third party deduction for fine or compensation order standard rate lower rate Maximum rates for recovery of overpayments in JSA(IB) ordinary overpayments

21 where claimant convicted of fraud Prescribed sum for strikers Capital upper limit 16, , amount disregarded 6, , Child s limit 3, , upper limit (RC/NH) 16, , amount disregarded (RC/NH) 10, , upper limit (partner 60 or over) 16, , amount disregarded (partner 60 or over) 6, , Tariff income 1 for every complete 250 or part thereof between amount of capital disregarded and capital upper limit Column 67WS Column 68WS Disregards standard earnings couples earnings higher earnings war disablement pension and war widow s pension Armed Forces Compensation Scheme student loan student s covenanted income income from boarders: disregard the fixed amount ( 20) plus 50% of the balance of the charge Expenses for subtenants

22 furnished or unfurnished where heating is included, additional Maternity Allowance Standard rate MA threshold Pension Credit Standard minimum guarantee single couple Additional amount for severe disability single couple (one qualifies) couple (both qualify) Additional amount for carers Savings credit threshold - single threshold - couple maximum - single maximum - couple Capital Amount disregard 6, , Amount disregard - care homes 10, , Deemed income 1 for each complete 500 or part thereof in excess of above amounts Housing costs Deduction for non-dependents - aged 18 or over, in receipt of IS/JSA(IB) and over 25

23 - aged 18 or over and in work: aged 18 or over and in remunerative work gross income: less than gross income: 111 to Column 69WS Column 70WS - gross income: 164 to gross income: 213 to gross income: 283 to gross income: 353 and above Amount for claimant and first spouse in polygamous marriage Additional amount for additional spouse Disregards Standard earnings Couples earnings Higher earnings War disablement pension and War widows pension Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Widowed Parent s Allowance Income from subtenants Income from boarders (disregard the fixed amount ( 20) plus 50% of the balance of the charge) Third Party Deductions arrears of housing, fuel, water costs council tax etc Child support maintenance deduction contribution towards maintenance (CTM)

24 deductions for child maintenance (CTM) standard deductions for child maintenance (CTM) lower Arrears of Community Charge court order against claimant court order against couple Maximum rates of recovery of overpayments - ordinary overpayments where claimant convicted of fraud Third party deductions personal expenses allowance Third party deduction for fine or compensation order standard rate lower rate Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and The Workmen s Compensation (Supplementation) Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum) Partial disablement allowance Unemployability supplement plus where appropriate increases for early incapacity higher rate Column 71WS Column 72WS

25 middle rate lower rate Constant attendance allowance exceptional rate intermediate rate normal maximum rate part-time rate Exceptionally severe disablement allowance Lesser incapacity allowance maximum rate of allowance based on loss of earnings over State Pension Category A or B Category B(lower) husband s insurance Category C or D - non-contributory Category C (lower) - non-contributory Additional pension Increase by: 3.6% Increments to:- Increase by: Basic pension 3.6% Additional pension 3.6% Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB) 3.6% Inheritable lump sum 3.6% Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of pre-april 1988 contracted-out earnings Nil Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to % Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit)

26 Graduated Retirement Benefit (Inherited) Increase by: 3.6% Addition at age Severe Disablement Allowance Basic rate Age-related addition (from December 90) Higher rate Middle rate Lower rate Statutory Adoption Pay Earnings threshold Standard Rate Column 73WS Column 74WS Statutory Maternity Pay Earnings threshold Standard rate Statutory Paternity Pay Earnings threshold Standard Rate Statutory Sick Pay Earnings threshold Standard rate Widow's Benefit

27 Widowed mother s allowance Widow s pension standard rate age-related age 54 (49) (48) (47) (46) (45) (44) (43) (42) (41) (40) Note: For deaths occurring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets. Bereavement Benefit Bereavement payment (lump sum) 2, , Widowed parent s allowance Bereavement Allowance standard rate age-related age

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