Benefit rates and earnings limits

Last updated: 14 Dec 2021

Current rates of some of the main benefits we cover. The table doesn’t include rates of Universal Credit, Tax Credits or other income-related benefits.

Weekly rates of benefits and earnings limits

FromApril 2020/21April 2021/22
Child Benefit – eldest/only child£21.05£21.15
Child Benefit – other children£13.95£14.00
Guardian’s Allowance£17.90£18.00
Carer’s Allowance£67.25£67.60
Earnings limit for Carer’s Allowance£128.00£128.00
Statutory Sick Pay£95.85£96.35

Lower earnings limit (LEL)

(you only actually pay national insurance at a higher level of earnings, but the LEL is important for checking your entitlement to statutory payments and contributory benefits)


Other Statutory Payments

Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Paternity Pay

Statutory Adoption Pay

Statutory Shared Parental Pay









Maternity Allowance Maximum Amount£151.20£151.97
Minimum Earnings threshold for Maternity Allowance£30.00£30.00
Sure Start Maternity Grant£500.00£500.00

(Scotland only) Best Start Grant 

Birth of first child

For any subsequent children





Healthy Start voucher£3.10£4.25 
Best Start foods (higher amount whilst child under 1)£4.25/£8.50£4.25/£8.50 

Disability Living Allowance

Mobility component lower rate

Mobility component higher rate£62.25£62.55 
Care component highest rate£89.15£89.60 
Care component middle rate£59.70£60.00 
Care component lower rate£23.60£23.70 

Personal independence payment

Living component standard rate

Living component enhanced rate£89.15£89.60 
Mobility component standard rate£23.60£23.70 
Mobility component enhanced rate£62.25£62.55 

Attendance Allowance

Lower rate

Higher rate£89.15£89.60 

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