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What are the savings limits for means-tested benefits?
You cannot claim some means-tested benefits, such as income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Income Support, if you have more than £16,000 in savings. This includes the savings of your partner, whether you are married, in a civil partnership or just living together.
Also, savings of more than £6,000 will affect how much JSA or Income Support you get. You will be treated as getting £1 a week in income for every £250 of savings (or part of £250) above the £6,000 limit. This is regardless of how much money you actually receive from your savings, if any.
You will not receive Universal Credit if you have savings of more than £16,000 and the amount you get will be reduced gradually if you have savings of over £6,000 or earn enough money to cover your basic living costs.