DWP changes as Universal Credit, child allowance, tax credits and PIP rates all rise in April

The cost of living crisis has been well documented in the UK in recent months, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel as benefit rates are set to rise.

Those claiming benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions could see more money in their pockets in April as payment rates increase.

This means that you will probably end up better off, as the majority of rates will increase by more than 3%.

For the latest news from the Department for Work and Pensions, click here.

The UK government recently decided to increase benefit and pension rates by 3.1%, which will come into effect for claimants on April 11, 2022.

The increase may seem small, but it is expected to help around two million homes in the UK.

This increase will affect the rates of the Universal Credit, the Job Search Allowance and the Personal Autonomy Payment (PIP).

Below is a complete overview of all benefit payment rates for 2022 to 2023 and the increased amount claimants will receive.

New DWP payment rates from 2022 to 2023

Weekly rates are quoted unless otherwise stated.

Attendance allowance

  • Higher fare: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Lower fare: £61.85 (from £60.00)

Care allowance

  • April 2022 price: £69.70 (from £67.60)

Disabled allowance

Care component

  • Highest: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Middle: £61.85 (from £60.00)
  • Lowest: £24.45 (from £23.70)

Mobility component

  • Superior: £64.50 (from £62.55)
  • Lower: £24.45 (from £23.70)

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Housing allowance

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)
  • ESA Main Stage Entitlement: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Incapacity benefit (long term)

  • April 2022 price: £118.25 (from £114.70)

Income support

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 from (£74.70)

Jobseeker’s Allowance (based on contributions)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Maternity/Paternity/Shared parental allowance

  • Standard rate: £156.66 (from £151.97)

Pension credit

  • Single: £182.60 (from £177.10)
  • Couple: £278.70 (from £270.30)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Component of daily life

  • Upgraded: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Standard: £61.85 (from £60.00)

Mobility component

  • Upgraded: £64.50 (from £62.55)
  • Standard: £24.45 (from £23.70)

State pension

  • New Full State Pension: £185.15 (from £179.60)
  • Old State Basic Pension (Category A or B): £141.85 (from £137.60)

Widow’s pension

  • Standard rate: £126.35 (from £122.55)

Parental bereavement indemnity

  • Standard rate: £156.66 (from £151.97)

statutory sickness benefit

  • Standard rate: £99.35 (from £96.35)

Universal Credit (Monthly rates shown)

Standard allowance

Only

  • Single under 25: £265.31 (from £257.33)
  • Single 25+: £334.91 (from £324.84)

Pair

  • Joint applicants under 25: £416.45 (was £403.93)
  • Joint applicants, one or both aged 25 or over: £525.72 (from £509.91)

child elements

  • First child (born before April 6, 2017): £290.00 (from £282.60)
  • First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies): £244.58 (from £237.08)

For the full list of proposed DWP increases for benefits and state pension, visit the GOV.UK website here.

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