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Home Advice for Parents & CarersUniversal Credit Rates of the Universal Credit elements

Rates of the Universal Credit elements

Last updated: 15 Nov 2021

Rates are correct for tax year 2021/2022

Standard allowanceSingle claimant under 25£257.33
Single claimant over 25£324.84
Joint claimants, both under 25£403.93
Joint claimants, either over 25£509.91
Child responsibility elementFirst or only child born before 6 April 2017£282.50
Second and subsequent child (first child too if born after 6 April 2017)£237.08
Disabled child additionLower rate£128.89
Higher rate£402.41
Limited capability for work elementOnly for claims started before April 2017£128.89
Limited capability for work and work-related activity element£343.63
Carer element£163.73
Childcare costs element (Universal Credit pays up to 85% or the maximum whichever is lower)Maximum costs taken into account for one child£646.35
Maximum costs taken into account for two or more children£1108.04

Housing costs element

The amount of the housing costs element depends upon your circumstances and whether you are a private tenant or social housing tenant.

Private tenants
Your housing costs element is based on your Local Housing Allowance (LHA). This is calculated based on rental prices in your area, for the number of bedrooms you need. If your rent is more than your LHA your Universal Credit housing costs element will not cover your full rent. You may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment to cover the shortfall.

Social housing tenants
Your housing costs element is based on your eligible rent which is based on the number of bedrooms you need. If you have more bedrooms than you need your eligible rent is reduced by:


• 14% for one spare bedroom
• 25% for two or more spare bedrooms


You may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment to cover the shortfall.

Turn 2 Us has more information about the housing costs element.


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