Benefits for people of working age: rates and thresholds

People affected by dementia who are unable to work may be entitled to certain benefits. This page explains the current rates and thresholds.

This page provides details of benefits rates and savings thresholds from April 2020 to March 2021.

Find more about employment benefits and how to apply for them, as well as details on a range of other benefits for people on low incomes, those with specific needs or who are caring for someone.

Employment and support allowance (ESA)

If aged 25 or over: £74.35 weekly

If aged 18–24: £58.90 weekly

Work-related activity component: £29.55 weekly

Support component: £39.20 weekly

Incapacity benefit

Long-term (after 52 weeks): £112.25 weekly

Statutory sick pay

Standard rate: £95.85 weekly (you need to be earning at least £120 a week to qualify).

Income support

Income support is available to people over the age of 16 until they are eligible for Pension credit. You need to have capital (savings and other assets) of less than £16,000 to be able to claim.

Personal allowance (if aged over 25): £74.35 weekly

Couple (both aged over 18): £116.80 weekly

Enhanced disability premium: £17.10 weekly

Severe disability premium: £66.95 weekly

People who have reached State pension age should claim Pension credit instead of Income support.

Universal credit

Income support and Income-related Employment and support allowance are being replaced by Universal credit. New claims for these are not normally accepted. If you are currently receiving these benefits, at some point you will be invited to claim Universal credit instead.