The Department for Work and Pensions is set to make a number of changes to the Universal Credit system and benefit payments next month. Starting April 11, several rates and rules will change, affecting the amounts people receive.
It comes after a year in which Universal Credit’s £20-a-week coronavirus supplement was cut and the Autumn Budget brought changes to Work Allowance and the cut rate, Birmingham Live reported.
In November, Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “I have concluded my annual statutory review of state benefit and pension rates. The new rates will apply during the tax year 2022/23 and will come into effect on April 11, 2022.
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“The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the relevant reference period (the year to September 2021) was 3.1%, and I can confirm that benefits will increase accordingly. This is consistent with the use of this index since 2011. The weekly earnings ceiling for childcare allowance will also be increased by 3.1%.
So what exactly will change for you? See our guide below.
Universal Credit changes in April 2022
In April 2022, Crédit Universel payments will increase as follows for the 2022/2023 financial year:
Standard allowances For people who are single and aged under 25, the standard allowance per month will increase from £257.33 to £265.31
For single people aged 25 or over, the monthly lump sum allowance will increase from £324.84 to £334.91 For co-applicants aged under 25, the monthly lump sum allowance will increase from £403.93 to £416, £45 For co-applicants one or both of whom are 25 or over, the standard allowance per month will increase from £509.91 to £525.72 Additional amounts for children For those with a first child born before April 6, 2017, the additional amount increases from £282.50 to £290 child (born on or after April 6, 2017) or second child and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies), the additional amount increases from £237.08 to £244.58 For those with a disabled child, the lower rate of the additional payment increases from £128.89 to £132.89 and the higher rate from £400.29 to 414, 88 £132.89 For those deemed to have a limit on capacity for work or work-related activity, the additional amount passes from £343.63 to £354.28 Additional amounts for childcare costs
People on UC who need help with childcare costs can recover up to 85%:
For those on UC with one child, the maximum amount awarded for childcare costs remains the same at £646.35 For those on UC with two or more children, the maximum amount awarded for childcare costs remains the same at £1108.04 Additional amount for being a carer If you are on UC and provide care for at least 35 hours a week to a severely disabled person who is receiving Disability Related Benefit, the additional amount you receive in your UC increases from £163.73 to £168.81 Accommodation costs No – housing costs contributions for dependents increase from £75.53 to £77.87 (this is the amount deducted from your UC)
Benefits help site EntitledTo explains: “If you share accommodation with someone who is not your partner or dependent child, it may affect your benefits.
“Nondependent people are often people like adult sons and daughters or elderly parents. A nondependent person is someone who lives with you but is not required to pay rent as part of an agreement. formal.
“If you live with a non-dependent person, your housing benefit, Universal Housing Credit element and council tax reduction may be reduced by rules on non-dependent deductions.”
Worker’s Allowance The higher Worker’s Allowance (no housing amount) for someone claiming CU with one or more dependent children or limited ability to work has already increased from £515 to £557 on November 24, 2021, and next April will increase again to £573 Lower Working Allowance for someone claiming UC with one or more dependent children or limited working capacity has already increased from £293 to £335 on 24 November 2021, and next April will rise again to £344
The soaring cost of living is putting household budgets under pressure, with some having to choose between heating and food.
Here are some resources available if you need help.
Advice to citizens
Citizens Advice is an independent charity providing free, confidential assistance with legal, consumer, housing, debt and other issues. Its website details the help available and where your nearest office is, for face-to-face advice.
Helpline: 0800 144 8848 in England / 0800 702 2020 in Wales (open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust supports a national network of over 1,200 food banks, providing free emergency food to those in need. You can use its website to locate support wherever you live.
Hotline: 0808 208 2138 (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday)
Turn2us is a national charity that provides practical support for people in financial difficulty. Its website includes a benefits calculator and details about programs and subsidies in your area, including for energy and water bills.
Hotline: 0808 802 2000 (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday)
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This notice was published: 2022-03-27 15:58:13