New DWP benefit payment rates start next week including Universal Credit and ESA



The UK Government has confirmed that State Pension and most benefits delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) including Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) will increase by 3.1 per cent next week.

The payment rate changes were signed off in February in the House of Commons and will come into effect on Monday, April 11 2022, for people receiving State Pension or benefits through the DWP in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland – where corresponding provisions will be made there.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation recently called on the UK Government to increase all DWP-delivered benefits by 7% in line with the ever-increasing rate of inflation, which now stands at 6.2%, and warned that sticking to the 3.1% uptake would result in 400,000 families who rely on benefits being plunged into poverty.

While payment rates are rising, so too are energy bills which are set to increase by nearly £700 per year for millions of households from this month while National Insurance Contributions are also rising, which means take-home pay for every worker in the UK will change.

Employees, employers and the self-employed will all pay 1.25p more in the pound for National Insurance Contributions from April 2022.

Below is a comprehensive summary of the new DWP payment rates for 2022 to 2023 and the increased amount – listed in alphabetical order to make it easier to find the payment rate you are looking for.

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New DWP payment rates from 2022 to 2023

Weekly rates are shown, unless otherwise stated.

Attendance Allowance

  • Higher rate: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Lower rate: £61.85 (from £60.00)

Career’s Allowance

  • April 2022 rate: £69.70 (from £67.60)

Disability Living Allowance

Care Component

  • Highest: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Middle: £61.85 (from £60.00)
  • Lowest: £24.45 (from £23.70)

Mobility component

  • Higher: £64.50 (from £62.55)
  • Lower: £24.45 (from £23.70)

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Housing Benefit

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)
  • Entitled to main phase ESA: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Disability Benefit (long-term)

  • April 2022 rate: £118.25 (from £114.70)

Income Support

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 from (£74.70)

Jobseeker’s Allowance (contributions based)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)

Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Allowance

  • Standard rate: £156.66 (from £151.97)

Pension Credit

  • Single: £182.60 (from £177.10)
  • Couple: £278.70 (from £270.30)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Daily Living Component

  • Enhanced: £92.40 (from £89.60)
  • Standard: £61.85 (from £60.00)

Mobility Component

  • Enhanced: £64.50 (from £62.55)
  • Standard: £24.45 (from £23.70)

State Pension

  • Full New State Pension: £185.15 (from £179.60)
  • Basic Old State Pension (Category A or B): £141.85 (from £137.60)

Widow’s Pension

  • Standard rate: £126.35 (from £122.55)

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay

  • Standard rate: £156.66 (from £151.97)

Statutory Sick Pay

  • Standard rate: £99.35 (from £96.35)

Universal Credit (Monthly rates shown)

standard allowance

Single

  • Single under 25: £265.31 (from £257.33)
  • Single 25 or over: £334.91 (from £324.84)
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Couple

  • Joint claimants both under 25: £416.45 (from £403.93)
  • Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over: £525.72 (from £509.91)

Child Elements

  • First child (born prior to 6 April 2017): £290.00 (from £282.60)
  • First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second child and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies): £244.58 (from £237.08)

For the full list of proposed DWP increases to benefits and State Pension, visit the GOV.UK website here.

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