As the cost of living crisis continues, the government is introducing a series of changes to help struggling Brits.
Not only are some benefits payments going up, there are wider changes coming in, including how childcare allowances are paid.
Most of these were introduced in Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s recent Budget, but let us recap the major changes to be aware of this year.
Benefits will go up in April
From April, millions of people will see their benefits rise in line with the 10.1% inflation rate.
The full list and their increases are as follows:
- Annual allowance on pensions – going up from £40,000 to £60,000 on April 6
- Attendance allowance (for people of State Pension age with a mental or physical disability) – increasing to payments of either £68.10, with the higher rate to climb from £92.40 to £101.75 per week
- Bereavement Benefit – the Widowed Parent’s Allowance will go up to £139.10 per week
- Carer’s Allowance – going up to £76.75 per week
- Childcare – maximum amounts will change to £951 for one child, £1630 for two children
- Disability Living Allowance – due to the varying factors, check online for full details on changes
- Housing Benefits – there are different rates for varying circumstances, check online for full details
- Jobseeker’s Allowance – going up to £67.20 for someone under 25, £84.80 for people over 25
- Money Purchase Annual Allowance – rising from £4000 to £10,000
- Personal Independence Payment – daily living components going up to £68.10 (standard rate) and £101.75 (enhance rate). The mobility component is rising to £26.90 (standard rate) or £71 (enhanced rate)
- State Pension – rising to £203.85 per week.
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Universal Credit is also going up.
- Single person, under 25 – from £262.51 to £292.11
- Single person, 25 or over – from £334.91 to £368.74
- Couple, joint claimants under 25 – from £416.45 to £458.51
- Couple, joint claimants where one or both is 25 or over – from £525.72 to £578.82.
The benefits cap will also rise
The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit payments someone can get, and applies to most people aged 16 or over who haven’t reached the state pension age.
The cap will be raised from £20,000 to £22,020 for families across the UK, and from £23,000 to £25,323 in Greater London.
While for single adults it will change from £13,400 to £14,753 nationally and from £15,410 to £16,967 in Greater London.
Easter Universal Credit payment dates
Over Bank Holidays, it’s not unusual that benefit payment dates change.
For the upcoming Easter holidays, payments due to land in accounts between Friday, April 7 and Monday, April 9 will be paid by Thursday, April 6.
Payments are adjusted automatically, so you don’t need to do anything.
Other changes around public holidays include:
- Early May Bank Holiday (May 1) – payments will arrive by April 28
- King Charles’ Coronation (May 8) – Payments will be made by May 5
- Spring Bank Holiday (May 29) – payments will be made by May 26
- Summer Bank Holiday (August 28) – payments will be made by August 25
- Christmas holidays – payments due on December 25, 26 and 27 will be paid by December 22.
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