Benefits if unable to work: 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.
- Care and mobility benefits: rates and thresholds
- Paying for care: rates and thresholds
- You are here: Benefits if unable to work: rates and thresholds
- Carer's allowance: rates and thresholds
- Retirement benefits: rates and thresholds
- Housing benefits: rates and thresholds
- NHS benefits: rates and thresholds
- Benefit cap
This page provides details of benefits rates and savings thresholds as of April 2018. It is designed to be used in conjunction with other Alzheimer’s Society information about benefits and how to apply for them, especially our page on benefits for those unable to work.
Employment and support allowance (ESA)
For the first 13 weeks of your claim you will be paid the assessment phase rate.
If aged 25 or over £73.10 weekly
If aged 18–24 £57.90 weekly
From week 14 onwards you will receive main phase ESA with either a work-related activity component or a support component in addition to your basic rate.
Basic rate £73.10 weekly
Work-related activity component £29.05 weekly
Support component £36.55 weekly
Long-term (after 52 weeks) £106.40 weekly
Statutory sick pay
Standard rate £89.35 weekly (you need to be earning at least £113 a week to qualify).
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) £73.10 weekly
Couple (both aged over 18) £114.85 weekly
Enhanced disability premium £15.90 weekly
Severe disability premium £62.45 weekly
People entitled to Pension credit should claim this instead of Income support.