Millions of Britons will see a pay rise in April after MPs vote to increase benefit rates for Universal Credit claimants.
Universal Credit is part of a number of benefits, including Child Benefit and Statutory Pension, which will see payments increase in April to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
Benefits will generally increase each year to keep up with inflation and in April claimants will see a 3.1% increase in payments.
The increase in payments comes as the energy price cap is set to rise by 54% and UK households will have to live with tighter budgets as daily costs continue to rise.
Here’s how much Universal Credit payments will increase in April 2022.
Universal Credit pay rise in April
- Single and under 25 – goes from £257.33 to £265.31 per month.
- Single aged 25 or over – goes from £324.84 to £334.91 per month.
- Joint claimants under 25 – increase from £403.93 to £416.45 per month.
- Joint claimants one or both over 25 – drop from £509.91 to £525.72 per month.
Additional amounts for children
- First child born before April 6, 2017 – increased from £282.50 to £290 per month.
- With a child born on or after April 6, 2017, or a second and subsequent child, go from £237.08 to £244.58 per month.
- For parents with a disabled child, the addition of the lower rate is to increase from £128.89 to £132.89 and the higher rate from £402.41 to £414.88.
Limited working capacity
If you are deemed to have a limited ability to work, the additional amount will increase from £128.89 to £132.89.
If you are deemed to have a limited ability to work or engage in a work-related activity, the additional amount will increase from £343.63 to £354.28.
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Caregiver Assistance for Universal Credit Applicants
The amount carers will receive will increase from £163.73 to £168.81.
Increased work allowance
Higher working allowance (no housing amount) for UC claimants with one or more dependents or limited ability to work with an increase from £557 to £573.
Lower working allowance for UC claimants with one or more dependents or limited ability to work with an increase from £335 to £344.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-07 19:22:12