Claims by 16 and 17 year olds

Claiming Benefits for 16 and 17 Year Olds

Special benefit rates apply to 16 and 17 year olds. Whether the calculator produces the correct results will depend on your circumstances.

Single people, no children

In general income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support are not available to people aged under 18. However, single people may be able to get Jobseeker’s Allowance for a short amount of time if they are forced to live away from their parents or “will find it very hard to live without Jobseeker’s Allowance.”

The calculator provides correct benefit rates for single 16 and 17 year olds claiming means-tested out-of-work benefits or contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance. Though note that to qualify for tax credits 16 and 17 year olds must have dependent children or be disabled.

Couples or dependent children

If both members of a couple are under 18 and they do not have children then in general income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support are not available. If the claimant has dependent children or is pregnant then they may be able to claim Income Support or, in some circumstances, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The calculator does NOT provide correct benefit rates for 16 and 17 year olds who are part of a couple or have dependent children. In particular, the amounts generated for the ‘on benefit situation’ may be too high. For rates for Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment and Support Allowance you should use the table below. Calculations for contributory benefits, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and tax credits are correct.

Benefit rates for 16 and 17 year olds in a couple or with children

Correct benefit rates for Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and income-related Employment and Support Allowance in 2016/17 are below. Where rates are not provided then the calculator provides correct estimates.

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • couple both under 18 (or one under 18 and one under 25): £57.90
  • couple one under 18 and one 25 or older: £73.10
  • couple both under 18 - higher rate if have dependent child: £87.50
  • lone parent under 18: £57.90

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • couple, both under 18: £57.90
  • couple, both under 18 - main phase: £73.10
  • couple, both under 18, with a child: £87.50
  • couple, both under 18, with a child - main phase: £114.85
  • couple, claimant under 25, partner under 18: £57.90
  • lone parent under 18: £57.90
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