Universal Credit, State Pension and other benefits will rise in April

Those who claim benefits such as Universal Credit, Personal Independent Payment (PIP) and Sate Pension will see their payments boosted from the start of the new tax year.

Back in April 2020 benefits payments increased by 1.7% – the first rise in six years.

In 2021 many benefit payments will rise again from the start of the new tax year, on April 6 2021.

How much you will get depends on your individual circumstances, including age, whether you have a disability, if you have children, or if you are a carer.

Keep in mind that it also doesn’t include the temporary £20 a week boost due to the coronavirus crisis. This is due to end in April.

Universal Credit

Standard allowance (per month)

  • Those single and aged under 25 – allowance rise from £256.05 to £257.33
  • Those single and aged 25 or above – allowance rise from £323.22 to £324.84
  • Joint claimants both under 25 – allowance rise from £401.92 to £403.93
  • Joint claimants where one or both are 25 or over – allowance rise from £507.37 to £509.91

Extra for those with children

  • If child born before April 6 2017 – allowance rise from £281.25 to £282.50
  • If child born on or before April 6 2017, or second child and subsequent child – allowance rise from £235.83 to £237.08
  • If child is disabled – lower rate addition payment rise from £128.25 to £128.89 and the higher rate from £400.29 to £402.12

Extra for those with limited capability for work

  • Limited capability for work – rise from £128.25 to £128.89
  • Limited capability for work or work-related activity – rise from £341.92 to £343.63

If you’re a carer

  • Rise from £162.92 to £163.73

Increased work allowance

  • Higher work allowance for someone with one or more dependent children or limited capability for work – increase from £512 to £515
  • Lower work allowance for someone with one or more dependent children or limited capability for work – increase from £292 to £293

Housing cost contributions

  • Non-dependents’ housing cost contributions rising from £75.15 to £75.53

Other benefits going up in April

Those who are claiming benefits from the old system, known as legacy benefits, will also see a rise in money.

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This includes job seeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance, income support and housing benefits.

Here are the weekly increase of each:

  • Attendance Allowance higher rate rises from £89.15 to £89.60, lower rate rises from £59.70 to £60.00
  • Carers Allowance rises from £67.25 to £67.60
  • Disability Living Allowance care component highest amount rises from £89.15 to £89.60, the middle amount rises from £59.70 to £60.00 and the lowest amount goes up from £23.60 to £23.70
  • Disability Living Allowance mobility component higher amount rises from £62.25 to £62.55 and the lower amount goes up from £23.60 to £23.70
  • Employment and Support Allowance for under 25s goes up from £58.90 to £59.20 and for those aged 25 and over, rises from £74.35 to £74.70.
  • Housing benefit rises from £58.90 to £59.20 for under 25s and from £74.35 to £74.70 for 25s and over, while those entitled to main phase ESA will get £74.70, rise from from £74.35.

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  • Incapacity Benefit (long-term) rises from £114.15 to £114.70.
  • Contributions-based Jobseekers Allowance rises from £58.90 to £59.20 for under 25s and to £74.70, from £74.35 for those 25 and over.
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance rises from £58.90 to £59.20 for under 25s and from £74.35 to £74.70 for those 25 and over.
  • Maternity, paternity and shared parental pay is rising from £151.20 to £151.97.
  • Pension Credit is rising from £173.75 to £177.10.
  • PIP daily living component rising from £89.15 to £89.60 for enhanced and from £59.70 £60 for standard.
  • Personal Independence Payment mobility component is rising from £62.25 to £62.55 for enhanced and from £23.60 to £23.70 for standard.
  • State Pension is rising from £121.95 to £122.55.
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay will go up from £151.20 to £151.97.
  • Statutory Sick Pay standard rate will go up from £95.85 to £96.35.

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