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BENEFIT INCREASES

Universal Credit rates from April 2020 (monthly)

  • Standard allowance, single: £323.22 (from £317.82)
  • Standard allowance, couple: £507.37 (from £498.89)
  • Child element (new children, up to 2): £235.83 (from £231.67)
  • Work Allowance (higher): £512 (from £503)
  • Work Allowance (lower): £292 (from £287)

Other benefit rates that will rise from April 2020

  • Attendance Allowance lower rate: £59.70 (from £58.70)
  • Attendance Allowance higher rate: £89.15 (from £87.65)
  • Carer’s Allowance: £67.25 (from £66.15). Earnings threshold £128, up from £123
  • Personal Independence Payment: Up to £151.40 (from £148.85)
  • Maternity / Paternity / Shared Parental pay: £151.20 (from £148.68)
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: Up to £182 (from £179)
  • Statutory Sick Pay: £95.85 (from £94.25)

‘Legacy’ benefits that will rise from April 2020

  • Jobseekers’ Allowance: £74.35 (from £73.10)
  • Employment and Support Allowance: £74.35 (from £73.10)
  • ESA support group component: £39.20 (from £38.55)
  • Housing Benefit: £74.35 (from £73.10)
  • Widowed Parents Allowance: £121.95 (from £119.90)
  • Disability Living Allowance (care component): Up to £89.15 (from £87.65)
  • Disability Living Allowance (mobility component): Up to £62.25 (from £61.20)
  • Long-term Incapacity Benefit: £114.15 (from £112.25)
  • Income Support: £74.35 (from £73.10)

Pension rates from April 2020

  • New State Pension (full rate): £175.20 (from £168.60)
  • Old State Pension (category A or B): £134.25 (from £129.20)
  • Pension Credit standard minimum guarantee (single): £173.75 (from £167.25)
  • Pension Credit standard minimum guarantee (couple): £263.20 (from £255.20)

Benefit rates that won’t change in April

  • Bereavement Support Payment standard rate: £2,500 lump sum, £100 a month for 18 months
  • Bereavement Support Payment higher rate: £3,500 lump sum, £350 a month for 18 months
  • Benefit cap: £20k a year, £23k in London, £13,400 for childless single adult households
  • Universal Credit childcare costs allowance: £646.35 per month

For the full list of benefit and pension rates from the government click here.

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