Universal Credit and benefits claimants will see payments go up from April

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Brits claiming Universal Credit and other benefits will see their payments go up this April.

New rates for the main benefit, plus Jobseekers Allowance, Personal Independent Payment and State Pension will come in at the start of the new tax year.

Payments increased in April 2020 for the first time in six years by 1.7% after the benefits freeze ended.

This year, many benefits will rise again on April 6.

These amounts do not include the £20 weekly boost awarded to Universal Credit claimants to help them through the pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the boost for another six months on March 3.

The £20 extra will be phased out in autumn.

Here are all the Universal Credit payment boosts in detail…

How much you are entitled to depends on you individual circumstances, but increase for the 2021/2022 financial year will start from April 6.

Standard allowance

Single and under 25 – payments will go up from £256.05 to £257.33.

Single and over 25 – payments will increase from £323.22 to £324.84.

Joint claims under 25 – payments to be boosted from £401.92 to £403.93.

Joint claims where one or both are over 25 – the allowance will rise from £507.37 to £509.91.

Extra for dependants

Those with a first child born before April 6 2017 – up from £281.25 to £282.50

Those with a child born on or after April 6 2017 or a second child – up from £235.83 go £237.08.

For those with a disabled child, the lower rate payment will go up from £128.25 to £128.89 and the higher rate from £400.29 to £402.12.

Limited capability for work

Those deemed to have limited capability for work will see the extra amount go up from £128.25 to £128.89.

Those deemed to have limited capability for work or work-related activity will see a boost from £341.92 to £343.63.

Carers

Universal Credit claimants can get an additional amount if you're caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week.

This amount will go up from £162.92 to £163.73.

Increased work allowance

The higher work allowance without housing for someone claiming UC with one or more dependant children or limited capability for work will go from £512 to £515.

The lower work allowance will jump from £292 to £293.

Changes to housing contributions

Non-dependants’ housing cost contributions are jumping from £75.15 to £75.53.

This is taken from your Universal Credit housing element for any adults who live with you without paying rent.

Generally, the DWP expects non-dependant adults to contribute to your rent.

Other benefit boosts

Those on old system benefits – known as legacy benefits – will get more money.

This includes job seeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, income support and housing benefit.

You can no longer be awarded these benefits, but those who have not moved to Universal Credit can still get their payments.

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From April 6 here is what will happen:

  • Attendance Allowance higher rate goes up to £89.60 (from £89.15), lower rate rises to £60.00 (from £59.70)
  • Carers Allowance rises to £67.60 (from £67.25)
  • Employment and Support Allowance for those under 25 rises up to £59.20 (from £58.90 and for those aged 25 and over, rises to £74.70 (from £74.35).
  • Disability Living Allowance care component highest amount rises to £89.60 (from £89.15), the middle amount rises to £60.00 (from £59.70) and the lowest amount goes up to £23.70 (from £23.60)
  • Disability Living Allowance mobility component higher amount rises to £62.55 (from £62.25) and the lower amount goes up to £23.70 (from £23.60)
  • Housing benefit personal allowance rises to £59.20 (from £58.90) for under 25s and to £74.70 (from £74.35) for 25s and over, while those entitled to main phase ESA will get £74.70 (up from £74.35).
  • Incapacity Benefit (long-term) rises to £114.70 (from £114.15).
  • Contributions-based Jobseekers Allowance rises from £59.20 (from £58.90) for under 25s and to £74.70 (from £74.35 for those 25 and over.
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance rises to £59.20 (from £58.90) for under 25s and to £74.70 (from £74.35) for those 25 and over.
  • Maternity, paternity and shared parental pay is rising to £151.97 (from £151.20).
  • Pension Credit is rising to £177.10 (from £173.75).
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component is rising to £89.60 (from £89.15) for enhanced and £60 (from £59.70) for standard.
  • Personal Independence Payment mobility component is rising to £62.55 (from £62.25) for enhanced and to £23.70 (from £23.60) for standard.
  • State Pension will go up to £122.55 (from £121.95).
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay will rise to £151.97 (from £151.20).
  • Statutory Sick Pay standard rate will go up to £96.35 (from £95.85).

You can check your entitlement on the gov.uk website.

  • Universal Credit
  • Money

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