ESA and JSA hardship payments are paid at 60% of income-related ESA or income-based JSA. These are means-tested benefits and only available if your household income and savings are low.
If you’re getting either contributory or new style JSA or ESA, your household income and savings will be means tested to check if you meet the conditions for getting income-related ESA or income-based JSA. If your income and savings are too high, you won’t get a hardship payment.
Universal Credit hardship payments are paid at 60% of your usual UC payment.
If your reason for applying for a hardship payment is particularly severe, you could get up to 80% of your normal payments.
Circumstances in which you might a higher payment could be because you or your partner is pregnant or seriously ill.
If your application is successful, you’ll be able to receive hardship payments for as long as your sanction lasts. If you get sanctioned again you will need to re-apply for another hardship payment.