BENEFITS claimants and pensioners will see a boost to their take home pay from this month as some payments from the state are rising.
The state pension, for example rose by the triple local – the greater of 2.5 per cent, average earnings or inflation – from the start of the new tax year on April 6.
This means it's rising by up to £4.25 a week from up to £164.35 a week to up to £168.60 a week.
Meanwhile a string of benefit increases, such as maternity allowance, disability living allowance, carer's allowance, and Universal Credit, takes force from today.
Universal Credit, for example, is rising by up to £12.15 a week while other benefits are rising in line with inflation – the price we pay for goods and services.
But some benefits, including bereavement support and income-based job seekers allowance will remain the same.
This is the final year of a four-year benefit freeze announced during the summer budget in 2015.
The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit Work
Universal Credit replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment.
One million people are already receiving it and by the time the system is fully rolled out in 2023, nearly 7 million will be on it.
But there are big problems with the flagship new system – it takes 5 weeks to get the first payment and it could leave some families worse off by thousands of pounds a year.
And while working families can claim back up to 85 per cent of their childcare costs, they must find the money to pay for childcare upfront – we’ve heard of families waiting up to 6 months for the money.
Working parents across the country told us they’ve been unable to take on more hours – or have even turned down better paid jobs or more hours because of the amount they get their benefits cut.
It’s time to Make Universal Credit work. We want the government to:
- Get paid faster: The government must slash the time Brits wait for their first Universal Credit payments from five to two weeks, helping stop 7 million from being pushed into debt.
- Keep more of what you earn: The work allowance should be increased and the taper rate should be slashed from from 63p to 50p, helping at least 4 million families.
- Don’t get punished for having a family: Parents should get the 85 per cent of the money they can claim for childcare upfront instead of being paid in arrears.
Together, these changes will help Make Universal Credit Work.
Join our Universal Credit Facebook group or email [email protected] to share your story.
What's happening to benefits
Here's a full round-up of what benefits are increasing to and from or what levels they're remaining at.
- Attendance allowance is rising by £2.05 a week from up to £85.60 a week to £87.65 a week
- Bereavement support payment (for deaths that occur after April 6 2017) is frozen at up to £350 a month and up to £3,500 as a lump sum
- Benefits cap is frozen at up to £442.31 a week depending on where you live in Great Britain and whether you're part of a couple or have children
- Carer's allowance is rising by up to £1.55 a week from £64.60 a week to £66.15 a week
- Disability living allowance (care component) is rising by up to £2.05 a week from up to £85.60 a week to up to £87.65 a week
- Disability living allowance (mobility component) is rising by up to £1.45 a week from £59.75 a week to £61.20 a week
- Housing benefit remains frozen at up to £300 a week depending on your circumstances
- Employment and support allowance, income support and income-based job seekers allowance are remaining frozen at up to £114.85 a week depending on your age, whether you're part of a couple, and whether you have children
- Incapacity benefit is rising by up to £2.65 a week from £109.60 to £112.25
- Maternity allowance (standard) is rising by up to £3.50 a week from up to £145.18 a week to £148.68 a week
- Pension credit is rising by up to £6.45 a week from up to £248.80 to up to £255.25 depending on whether you're in a couple
- Personal independence payment (standard daily living component) is rising by up to £1.40 a week from £57.30 a week to £58.70 a week
- Personal independence payment (standard mobility component) is rising by 55p from from £22.65 to £23.20
- The new state pension by up to £4.25 a week from up to £164.35 a week to up to £168.60 a week
- The old state pension is rising by up to £3.25 a week from up to £125.95 a week to up to £129.20 a week
- Statutory adoption, maternity, paternity and shared parental pay (standard rates) is rising by £3.50 a week from £145.18 to £148.68
- Statutory sick pay (standard rate) is rising by £2.20 a week from £92.05 a week to £94.25 a week
- Universal Credit is rising by up to £12.15 a week.
- Widows benefit and widows pension arerising by £2.80 a week from £117.10 a week to £119.90 a week
For more information, see this full list on Gov.uk.
The secretary of state for work and pensions, Amber Rudd, said: “Our benefits system must be an ally of the people it serves, ensuring we are supporting the most vulnerable and that work always pays.
“That’s why we’re bringing in a number of changes to put more money in people’s pockets, while protecting families, pensioners and disabled people."
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