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April 2003/04









 

 

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Attendance Allowance

Bereavement Allowance

Bereavement Payment

Child Benefit

Child Dependency Increases

Constant Attendance Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Disabled Person's Tax Credit

Guardian's Allowance / Child's Special Allowance

Housing Benefit - Personal Allowances

Housing Benefit - Premiums

Housing Benefit - Hospital in-patients

Housing Benefit - Non-dependant deductions - Rent

Housing Benefit - Non-dependant deductions - Rates

Incapacity Benefit

Income Support - Main Rates Personal Allowances

Income Support - Premiums

Industrial Injuries Benefits

Invalid Care Allowance (Carers Allowance from April 2003)

Jobseeker's Allowance Contribution-Based Main Rates

Jobseeker's Allowance Income - Based Main Rates - Personal Allowances

Jobseeker's Allowance Income - Based Main Rates - Premiums

Maternity Allowance

Retirement Pensions

Severe Disablement Allowance

Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

War Pensions

Widowed Mother's Allowance

Widowed Parent's Allowance

Widows Pension

Working Families' Tax Credit

 

Attendance Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

higher rate

56.25

57.20

lower rate

37.65

38.30

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Bereavement Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Bereavement Allowance

 75.50

 77.45

 

 

 

Bereavement Allowance Age-Related:

2002/2003

2003/2004

54

70.22

72.03

53

64.93

66.61

52

59.65

61.19

51

54.36

55.76

50

49.08

50.34

49

43.79

44.92

48

38.51

39.50

47

33.22

34.08

46

27.94

28.66

45

22.65

23.24

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Bereavement Payment (lump sum)

2002/2003

2003/2004

Bereavement Payment (lump sum)

2,000.00

2,000.00

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Child Benefit

2002/2003

2003/2004

Only, elder or eldest child for whom child benefit is payable (couple)

 15.75

16.05 

Only, elder or eldest child for whom child benefit is payable (lone parent)

 17.55

17.55

Each subsequent child

 10.55

10.75 

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Child Dependency Increases

2002/2003

2003/2004

Rate of child addition to the following benefits:

 

 

Retirement Pension; Widow's Benefit; long-term Incapacity Benefit; short-term Incapacity Benefit (higher rate); Invalid Care Allowance (Carers Allowance from April 2003); Guardian's Allowance/Child's Special Allowance and Severe Disablement Allowance; also short-term Incapacity Benefit (lower rate) where claimant is over pension age.

11.35

11.35

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Constant Attendance Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

For People Receiving 100% Disablement Pension

 

 

Exceptional rate

92.00

93.60

Intermediate rate

 69.00

70.20

Normal Maximum

 46.00

 46.80

Part-time rate

 23.00

23.40 

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Disability Living Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Care Component: Highest

56.25

57.20

Care Component: Middle

37.65

38.30

Care Component: Lower

14.90

15.15

Mobility Component: Higher

 39.30

 39.95

Mobility Component: Lower

14.90

15.15

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Disabled Person's Tax Credit

 2002/2003

2003/2004 

Basic Tax Credit : Single

62.10 

N/A 

Basic Tax Credit: Lone Parent/Couple

 95.30

 N/A 

30 hours credit

 11.65

N/A 

Child Credit birth to Sept following 16th birthday

 26.45

N/A 

Child Credit Sept following 16th birthday until day before 19th birthday

 27.20

N/A 

Disabled Child's Credit

 35.50

N/A

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit: Lone Parent/Couple

 16.25

N/A 

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit: Single people

 11.25

N/A

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit: Child *Includes Disabled Child's Credit

 46.75*

N/A 

Income Threshold: Single people

 73.50

N/A

Income Threshold: Lone Parent/Couple

 94.50

N/A 

Disabled Persons Tax Credit will be replaced by the New Tax Credits from April 2003, you can obtain further details on the Inland Revenue website.

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Guardian's Allowance / 
Childs Special Allowance

 2002/2003

2003/2004 

All Children

 11.35

11.55 

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Housing Benefit - Personal Allowances

 2002/2003

2003/2004

Single claimant - aged less than 25

 42.70

43.25 

Single claimant - aged over 25

 53.95

54.65 

Lone Parent - aged less than 18

 42.70

43.25

Lone Parent - aged not less than 18

 53.95

54.65 

Couple - both aged less than 18

 64.45

65.30 

Couple - at least one aged 18

 84.65

85.75 

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Housing Benefit – Premiums

 2002/2003

2003/2004 

Family Premium

 14.75

15.75 

Family Premium (Lone Parent rate) protected for certain claimants

 22.20

22.20 

Pensioner Premium – single

44.20

47.45 

Pensioner Premium – couple

 65.15

70.05

 Enhanced Pensioner Premium - single

 44.20

47.45 

Enhanced Pensioner Premium - couple

65.15

70.05

Higher Pensioner Premium - single

44.20

47.45

Higher Pensioner Premium - couple

65.15

70.05

Disability Premium – single

23.00

23.30

Disability Premium – couple

32.80

33.25

Enhanced Disability Premium - Couple

16.25

16.45

Enhanced Disability Premium - Single people / Lone Parent

11.25

11.40

Enhanced Disability Premium - Child

11.25

16.60

Severe Disability Premium - single

42.25

42.95

Severe Disability Premium - couple (one qualifies)

42.25

42.95

Severe Disability Premium - couple (both qualify)

84.50

85.90

Disabled Child Premiums

35.50

41.30

Carer Premium

24.80

25.10

Bereavement Premium

21.55

22.80

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Housing Benefit - 
Applicable amounts for hospital in-patients

2002/2003

2003/2004

Single rate

18.90

19.35

Couple - only one in hospital: reduce applicable amount by

15.10

15.50

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Housing Benefit  Non dependant deductions – Rent

 

Thresholds from April 2003

On IS or JSA (IB) and aged under 25

 

 Nil

On IS or JSA (IB) and aged 25 or over

 

 7.40

Aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

 

 7.40

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £293 or more

 

 47.75

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £235 - £292.99

 

 43.50

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £177 - £234.99

 

 38.20

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £137 - £176.99

 

 23.35

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £92 - £136.99

 

 17.00

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income less than £92

 

 7.40

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Housing Benefit  Non dependant deductions – Rates

 

 Thresholds from April 2003

On IS or JSA (IB) and aged under 25

 

Nil 

On IS or JSA (IB) and aged 25 or over

 

Nil

Aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

 

 2.30

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £293 or more

 

 6.95

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £235 - £292.99

 

 5.80

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income £137 - £234.99

 

 4.60

Aged 18 or over & in remunerative work gross income less than £137

 

 2.30

Others aged 18 or over

 

 2.30

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Incapacity Benefit

 2002/2003

 2003/2004

Standard rate of Long-term Incapacity Benefit

 

 

Single person

 70.95

72.15 

Spouse of other adult dependant (where appropriate)

 42.45

43.15 

Short term Incapacity Benefit (under pension age)

 

 

Single person lower rate

 53.50

54.40 

Single person higher rate

 63.25

64.35 

Spouse or other adult dependant (where approriate)

 33.10

33.65 

Short term Incapacity Benefit (over pension age)

 

 

Single person lower rate

 68.05

69.20 

Single person higher rate

 70.95

72.15 

Spouse or other adult dependant

 40.80

41.50 

Increase of Long-term Incapacity Benefit for age

 

 

Higher rate

14.90 

15.15 

Lower rate

 7.45

7.60 

Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)

 

 

Higher rate

 14.90

15.15 

Middle rate

 9.50

9.70 

Lower rate

 4.75

4.85 

Therapeutic Earnings Limit

 66.00

N/A 

The Therapeutic Earnings Limit will be replaced by permitted work from April 2003, contact Incapacity Benefits Branch for further details.

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Income Support Main Rates

2002/2003 

2003/2004 

Personal Allowances

 

 

Single - aged under 18 - usual rate

 32.50

 32.90

Single - aged less than 25

 42.70

 43.25

Single - aged under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances

 42.70

 43.25

Single - aged not less than 25

 53.95

 54.65

Lone Parent - aged under 18 - usual rate

 32.50

32.90

Lone Parent - aged under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances

 42.70

 43.25 

Lone Parent - aged 18 or over

 53.95

 54.65

Couple - both aged under 18

 32.50

32.90 

Couple - both aged under 18, one disabled

 42.70

43.25 

Couple - one aged under 18, one aged 18 to 24

 42.70

43.25

Couple - one aged under 18, one aged 25 or over

 53.95

54.65 

Couple - both aged under 18, with responsibility for a child

 64.45

65.30 

Couple - both aged 18 or over

 84.65

85.75

Child or Young Person - from birth to the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday

 37.00

38.50

Child or Young Person - from the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday

 37.80

38.50 

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Income Support - Premiums

 2002/2003

2003/2004

Family Premium

 14.75

15.75

Family Premium (Lone Parent rate) protected for certain claimants

 15.90

15.90 

Pensioner Premium - single 

 44.20

47.45 

Pensioner Premium - couple

 65.15

70.05

Enhanced Pensioner Premium - single

 44.20

47.45 

Enhanced Pensioner Premium - couple

 65.15

70.05 

Higher Pensioner Premium - single

 44.20

 47.45

Higher Pensioner Premium - couple

 65.15

 70.05

Disability Premium - single

 23.00

23.30

Disbility Premium - couple

 32.80

 33.25

Enhanced Disability Premium - couple

 16.25

 16.45 

Enhanced Disability Premium - Single people/Lone Parent

 11.25

 11.40

Enhanced Disability Premium - Child

 11.25

 16.60

Severe Disability Premium - single

 42.25

 42.95

Severe Disability Premium - couple - one qualifies

42.25

42.95 

Severe Disability Premium - couple - both qualify

 84.50

85.90 

Disabled Child Premium

35.50

41.30 

Carer Premium

 24.80

25.10 

Bereavement Premium

 21.55

22.80 

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Industrial Injuries Benefits

2002/2003

2003/2004

Disablement Benefit (100% assessment)

 114.80

116.80 

Unemployability Supplement

 70.95

72.15

Reduced Earnings Allowance (maximum)

 45.92

46.72 

Industrial Death Benefit Widows Pension - higher rate

 75.50

77.45 

Industrial Death Benefit Widows Pension - lower rate

 22.65

23.24 

Widower's pension

 75.50

77.45 

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Invalid Care Allowance (Carers Allowance from April 2003)

2002/2003

2003/2004

Invalid Care Allowance

42.45

43.15

Invalid Care Allowance - adult dependant

25.35

25.80

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Jobseeker's Allowance Contribution-Based Main Rates

2002/2003

2003/2004

Personal Allowances – aged under 18

32.50

32.90

Personal Allowances – aged 18 to 24

42.70

43.25

Personal Allowances aged 25 or over

53.95

54.65

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Jobseeker's Allowance Income-Based Main Rates Personal Allowances

2002/2003

2003/2004

Single - aged under 18

32.50

32.90

Single - aged 18 to 24

42.70

43.25

Single - aged 25 or over

53.95

54.65

Lone Parent - aged under 18 - usual rate

32.50

32.90

Lone Parent - aged under 18 - higher rate payable in specific circumstances

42.70

43.25

Lone Parent - aged 18 or over

53.95

54.65

Couple - both aged under 18

32.50

32.90

Couple - both aged under 18 - one disabled

42.70

43.25

Couple - one aged under 18, one aged 18 to 24

42.70

43.25

Couple - one aged under 18, one aged 25 or over

53.95

54.65

Couple - both aged under 18, with responsibility for a child

64.45

65.30

Couple - both aged 18 or over

84.65

85.75

Child or Young Person from birth to the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday

37.00

38.50

Child or Young Person from the first Monday in the September following the 16th birthday

37.80

38.50

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Jobseeker's Allowance Income-Based Main Rates Premiums 

2002/2003

2003/2004

Family Premium

14.75

15.75

Family Premium (Lone Parent rate) protected for certain claimants

15.90

15.90

Pensioner Premium - single

44.20

47.45

Pensioner Premium - couple

65.15

70.05

Enhanced Pensioner Premium - couple

65.15

70.05

Higher Pensioner Premium - single

44.20

47.45

Higher Pensioner Premium - couple

65.15

70.05

Disability Premium - single

23.00

23.30

Disability Premium - couple

32.80

33.25

Enhanced Disability Premium - couple

16.25

16.45

Enhanced Disability Premium - single people/Lone Parent

11.25

11.40

Enhanced Disability Premium - child

11.25

16.60

Severe Disability Premium - single

42.25

42.95

Severe Disability Premium - couple - one qualifies

42.25

42.95

Severe Disability Premium - couple - both qualify

84.50

85.90

Disabled Child Premium

35.50

41.30

Carer Premium

24.80

25.10

Bereavement

21.55

22.80

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Maternity Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Standard Rate

75.00

100.00

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Retirement Pensions Standard Rates

2002/2003

2003/2004

Single Person

75.50

77.45

Spouse or adult dependant

45.20

46.35

Over 80 age addition

0.25

0.25

The over 80 pensions (non-contributory - based on residence)

45.20

46.35

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Severe Disablement Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Basic Rate - single person

42.85

43.60

Basic Rate - spouse or other adult dependant

25.45

25.90

Age additions - higher rate

14.90

15.15

Age additions - middle rate

9.50

9.70

Age additions - lower rate

4.75

4.85

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Statutory Maternity Pay

2002/2003

2003/2004

Lower rate

75.00

100.00

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Statutory Sick Pay

2002/2003

2003/2004

Standard rate

63.25

64.35

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War Disablement Pension

 

 

 

For a full list of rates visit the Veterans Agency website at www.veteransagency.mod.uk

 

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Widowed Mother's Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Widowed Mothers Allowance

75.50

77.45

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Widowed Parent's Allowance

2002/2003

2003/2004

Widowed Parent's Allowance

75.50

77.45

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Widows Pension

2002/2003

2003/2004

Basic Rate

75.50

77.45

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Working Families' Tax Credit

2002/2003

2003/2004

Basic Tax Credit

62.50

  N/A

30 hours credit

11.65

N/A

Child Credit - birth to September following 16th birthday

26.45

N/A

Child Credit - then until day before 19th birthday

27.20

N/A

Disabled Child's Credit

35.50

N/A

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit- Lone Parent/Couple

16.25

N/A

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit - Single people

11.25

N/A

Enhanced Disability Tax Credit - Child  *includes Disabled Child's Credit

46.75

N/A

Income Threshold

94.50

N/A

 

 

 

Working Families Tax Credit will be replaced by the New Tax Credits from April 2003, you can obtain further details on the Inland Revenue website.