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How much is universal credit?

Universal credit

The amount of universal credit you are paid depends on your (and your partner's) circumstances. It is worked out on a monthly basis by comparing what the law says you need to live on - your ‘maximum amount’ - with your actual income, earnings and savings.

Universal credit does not depend on your national insurance contributions and is not taxable.

Your maximum amount is made up of a ‘standard allowance, which depends on your age and whether you are claiming as a single person or jointly, and ‘additional amounts’. The additional amounts are:

There is a cap on the total amount of benefits, including universal credit, that you can claim.


Use Entitled To online benefit calculator to see how much you get

Enter your postcode on the advicelocal website and find an advice centre in your area, who will carry out a full benefit check.

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