Date last updated: 31 May 2018

Benefit and tax credit rates for 2018-2019

Tax credits and benefits can be complex to calculate. The amounts listed here are a general guide only and are the maximum amounts available. You will need to get a calculation based on your individual circumstances.

For help with benefit calculations you can use this benefit calculator, or call our helplineCitizens Advice can also advise on benefit and tax credit calculations.

Benefits

Benefit Amount payable per week
Child benefit

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training).

For more information visit the gov.uk child benefit pages.

 

First child:  £20.70

Other children:  £13.70

Note: You may have to pay a tax charge if your personal income is over £50,000.


Statutory maternity, paternity, and adoption pay 
See our factsheet for full details of how to claim and how much is paid. 
 

£139.58

Maternity allowance

See our factsheet for full details of how to claim and how much is paid

 

£139.58

Carer’s allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible. Carers UK have more information.

 

£62.70

Widowed parent’s allowance  £113.70
Bereavement support payment

This is a new payment that applies if your husband, wife or civil partner died on or after 6th April 2018. It is made up of a lump sum and then a monthly payment for up to 18 months.  The amount you can recieve if you have a child under 20 in full time education is listed opposite. More information is available here or please call our helpline for further advice.

 

First payment £3500

Monthly payment  £350

Income support

You can claim income support if your youngest child is under the age of five. If you receive income support you aren’t expected to look for work. You can claim income support regardless of the age of your children if you claim it for a reason other than being a single parent, for example because you are a full-time carer or a foster parent.

 

Single parent under 18:  £57.90

Single parent over 18:  £73.10

See our factsheet Claiming income support and other benefits.

 

Jobseekers allowance (JSA)

If your child is over five and you aren’t working, or are working fewer than 16 hours a week you can claim Jobseekers Allowance. See our factsheet Claiming JSA and other benefits.

 

Single parent under 18:  £57.90

Single parent over 18:  £73.10

Employment and support allowance (ESA)

If you are disabled or unwell and can’t work you can claim employment and support allowance. See the Gingerbread factsheet Benefits and tax credits for ill health or disability for full details and how to calculate the weekly amounts.

Single parent under 18:  £57.90

Single parent over 18:  £73.10

Additional amounts

Work related activity group:  £29.05

Support group:  £36.55

Housing benefit

If you are receiving income support, jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance, you should receive help with your rent and council tax. You may also receive help if you are receiving other benefits, or if you are working but are living on a low income.

 

Weekly amount depends on your income and rent, but can be up to 100% of your weekly rent.

For more information see our factsheets Housing options for single parents and Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 hours a week or more

 

Council tax reduction

You can receive a reduction in your council tax bill if you are working and on a low income, or if you are receiving benefits.

 

The amount of reduction depends on your local council’s rules and your income.

See the gov.uk council tax reduction wepages

Support for mortgage interest (SMI)

If you are not in paid work, or work less than 16 hours a week and are on a low income, you may be able to receive help towards your mortgage interest through income support, jobseekers allowance or employment and support allowance. There is a waiting period of 39 weeks from the day you make your claim until your first payment. The amount you can receive depends on your individual circumstances.

 

The amount paid depends on your individual circumstances.

See the gov.uk SMI information pages.

Tax credit rates for 2018-2019

Note: The deadline for renewing your tax credits is 31 July 2018. You must renew your tax credits if you receive a renewal pack with a red line on the front which says ‘reply now.’ Find out more about renewing your tax credits and call the tax credit helpline if you have not received your pack.

Child tax credit

You can claim child tax credit if you’re responsible for a child under 16, or under 20 if they are in approved education or training. Child tax credit is made up of a number of elements. You don’t need to be working to get child tax credit. The maximum amount you can claim depends on your circumstances. You will need to get an individual calculation – call our helpline if you need help with this. Note: if you have two or more children and a new child is born after 6th April 2018 please check to see whether you will be affected by the new ‘2 child rule’.

Maximum amount payable
Family element £545 per year
Child element £2,780 per year
Disabled child £3,275 per year
Severely disabled child £1,325 per year

Working tax credit

If you work 16 hours a week or more, you can claim working tax credit. The amount you get depends on your individual circumstances. For more information on how working tax credit is calculated see our factsheet Benefits and tax credits if you work 16 hours a week or more. For individual advice call our helpline.

Basic element £1,960 per year
Lone parent £2,010 per year
30 hour element £810 per year
Disabled worker element £3,090 per year
Severe disability element £1,330 per year

Childcare costs

You can also receive working tax credit payments towards your childcare costs. See the table below for the maximum monthly amounts that can be claimed this year.

One child (70% of costs totalling £175 per week max) £122.50 per week
Two or more children (70% of costs of £300 per week max) £210 per week

Universal credit

Universal credit is replacing tax credits and a number of existing benefits between now and 2021. For more information see our universal credit information pages.

Useful organisations

Organisation: Citizens Advice Bureau

Details: Information and advice on a range of issues including benefits, employment, debt, housing, immigration, and consumer issues.

Phone: England – 03444 111 444; Wales – 03444 77 20 20

URL: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk


Organisation: Entitledto

Details: An organisation that provides online benefit and tax credit information and calculations.

URL: http://www.entitledto.co.uk/


Organisation: Shelter

Details: Gives details of local housing advice centres throughout the country and provides information and advice on a range of housing issues and signposting service for further help and advice.

Phone: Freephone 0808 800 4444

URL: http://www.shelter.org.uk


Organisation: Turn2us

Details: Search online for charitable trusts and grants.

Phone: 0808 802 2000

URL: http://www.turn2us.org.uk/

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