BENEFIT payments are rising this month for millions of people, putting extra cash in bank accounts and pockets.
Universal Credit, the State Pension and Child Benefit are among the support where rates are increasing by 3.1%.
Benefit rates usually rise each year and that's no different in 2022.
The exact date you'll see your benefit rates change will depend on when you usually get payments.
But the new rates for the year ahead will start from April 11 onwards.
How much more you get will also depend on how much you are getting in the first place
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For instance a 3.1% to Universal Credit will see the basic amount for couples increase by nearly £16 a month.
But you could get more if you get extra amounts for kids or housing.
Meanwhile the maximum state pension will increase by £5.55 a week – or nearly £300 a year. But if you don't quality for the full amount it can be less.
You'll be able to see the new rates you're getting from April 11 onwards by checking your online account for Universal Credit.
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The amounts can also vary if you've also had a change of circumstances at the same time which affects how much you get.
Millions of Brits are facing higher bills like energy and council tax, and the extra cash could help household budgets.
But families are still under pressure as the cost of living is surging faster than benefit rates and inflation hit 6.2% this month.
This could leave you feeling worse off despite the rise, so it's worth checking the extra help you qualify for on top.
Don't forget to check that you're getting all the benefits you're entitled to by using a free benefits checker, as this could boost your budget more.
Here are the new benefit payment rates in 2022.
Standard allowance (per month)
- For those single and aged under 25, the standard allowance will rise from £257.33 to £265.31
- For those single and aged 25 or over, the standard allowance will rise from £324.84 to £334.91
- For joint claimants both under 25, the standard allowance will rise from £403.93 to £416.45
- For joint claimants where one or both are 25 or over, the standard allowance will rise from £509.91 to £525.72
Extra amounts for children
- For those with a first child born before April 6, 2017, the extra amount is going up from £282.50 to £290
- For those with a child born on or after April 6, 2017 or second child and subsequent child, the extra amount is going up from £237.08 to £244.58
- For those with a disabled child, the lower rate addition payment is going up from £128.89 to £132.89 and the higher rate from £402.41 to £414.88
Extra amounts for limited capability for work
- For those deemed to have limited capability for work, the extra amount is going up from £128.89 to £132.89
- For those deemed to have limited capability for work or work-related activity, the extra amount is going up from £343.63to £354.28
Extra amounts for being a carer
Universal Credit claimants can get an additional amount if you're caring for a severely disabled person for at least 35 hours a week.
The amount you get a month will rise from £163.73 to £168.81
The work allowance rates have already risen from November 24 last year and will rise again from April 2022 onwards.
Increased work allowance
- The higher work allowance (no housing amount) for someone claiming Universal Credit with one or more dependent children or limited capability for work is going up from £557 to £573
- The lower work allowance for someone claiming Universal Credit with one or more dependent children or limited capability for work is going up from £335 to £344
Thee full rate of the new State Pension will rise from £179.60 a week to £185.15.
For the basic part of the old state pension the rate will rise from £137.60 to £141.85.
There are two child benefit rates, one for the eldest child and another for each further child or children.
The current rate for your eldest or only child is £21.15 per week and that will rise to £21.80.
Then for each of your other children it's £14 a week – that will rise to £14.45 a week.
- Aged under 25: Increasing from £59.20 to £61.05
- Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
- Aged between 25 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
- Has reached pension age: Increasing from £191.15 to £197.10
- Aged under 18: Increasing from £59.20 to £61.05
- Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
- Aged between 18 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £74.70 to £77.00
- Has reached state pension age: Increasing from £191.15 to £197.10
- Both aged under 18: Increasing from £89.45 to £92.20
- One or both aged between 18 and state pension credit age: Increasing from £117.40 to £121.05
- Any age and on main phase ESA: Increasing from £117.40 to £121.05
- One or both have reached pension age: Increasing from £286.05 to £294.90
- Dependent child/young person aged under 20: Increasing from £68.60 to £70.80
Retirees on a low income can get it topped up via Pension credit.
Pension Credit will rise from £177.10 a week to £182.60 or for couples, from £270.30 to £278.70
If your income is lower than this, you should be eligible for the benefit.
You could get the ‘Savings Credit’ part of Pension Credit if both of the following apply:
- you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016
- you saved some money for retirement, for example a personal or workplace pension
This part of Pension Credit will rise from £14.04 a week to £14.48 or for couples, from £15.71 to £16.20.
There are also top up amounts, for instance if you're caring for someone else or are disabled.
You can find out more about Pension Credit including how to apply in our guide.
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you.
It’s paid at two different rates and how much you get depends on the level of care that you need because of your disability.
The higher rate will rise from £89.60 to £92.40, while the lower rate will also go up from £60 to £61.85.
You can claim Carer’s Allowance if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits.
The rate will increase from £67.60 to £69.70 a week.
Disability Living Allowance
The Disability Living Allowance is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people.
You can only apply for DLA if you're under 16. Older people whose DLA claim hasn't come to an end may see payments go up.
- Highest amount will rise from £89.60 to £92.40
- Middle amount from £60.00 to £61.85
- Lowest amount from £23.70 to £24.45
And for the mobility component:
- Higher amount from £62.55 to £64.50
- Lower amount from £23.70 to £24.45
Employment Support Allowance
Employment Support Allowance (ESA) tops up workers' pay if they're on a low income.
- Under 25-year-old, from £59.20 to £61.05
- Age 25 and older, from £74.70 £77.00
- Lone parent under 18, from £59.20 to £61.05
- Lone parent 18 or over, from £74.70 £77.00
There are also further rates for couples, those with disabilities or caring responsibilities.
Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) supports those who are out of work while they look for a job.
It is being replaced by Universal Credit but if you are still claiming it you'll see payments go up next year.
For under 25-year-olds, contribution-based and income-based payments will go up from £59.20 a week to £61.05, and from £74.70 to £77.00 week for those who are older.
There are also further rates for couples, those with children, disabilities or caring responsibilities.
New mums who don't qualify for standard maternity pay could still get a payment adding up to thousands of pounds from Maternity Allowance.
It will rise from £151.97 a week to £156.66.
Personal Independence Payment
Rates for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will rise.
Payments for the daily living component will increase from £89.60 to £92.40 for enhanced and from £60 from £61.85 for standard.
For the mobility component it will rise from £62.55 to £64.50 for enhanced, and £23.70 to £24.45 for standard.
Other benefit rates increasing
Some rates for government support have already increased or are going up sooner.
Maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay
Pay for mums and dads taking time away for kids, including those adopting, went up from April 3.
The statutory rates increased from £151.97 to £156.66, for maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay.
Parental bereavement pay also increased by the same amount.
Statutory Sick Pay
You might be able to get statutory sick pay (SSP) if you're off work, including if you're isolating due to the pandemic, even if you aren't sick yourself.
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SSP is currently £96.35 per week and it is paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.
That will rise to £99.35 from April 6, 2022.
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