Universal Credit, PIP and other benefits set to rise for MILLIONS of people – see when

Millions of benefits claimants will soon know how much their payments will go up by – and soaring inflation means increases could be pretty big.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will soon decide how much to increase many benefits by from the new tax year in April 2023.

We should know their plans by November 2022.

But normally benefits including Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Housing Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) go up based on inflation.

The DWP normally looks at inflation in the year to September then puts up benefits by that figure from the following April.

Higher food and petrol prices have pushed inflation up to a 40-year high of 9.4% in June, the latest figures show.

The Bank of England thinks inflation could go even higher this year, to around 11%.

But around 31million people are on benefits that tend to go up with inflation, the Liverpool Echo reports.

So while high inflation means we are paying more now for things like energy bills, food and petrol, in the long run it is better news for claimants.

As it stands, the current DWP payment rates for 2022-2023 are below, with the previous amount for 2021-2022 in brackets to show how much they increased by.

Attendance Allowance

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

For deaths between April 9, 2001 and April 5, 2017

Widowed Parent’s Allowance: £126.35 (from £122.55)
Bereavement Support Payment

For deaths occurring on or after April 6, 2017

Standard rate (lump sum) £2,500 (no change)
Standard rate monthly payments £100 (no change)
Higher rate lump sum stays at £3,500 (no change)
Higher rate monthly payments £350 (no change)

Carer’s Allowance

£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)
Disability Living Allowance – 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 (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)

Incapacity Benefit

Long-term: £118.25 (from £114.70)
Income Support

Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
25 or over: £77.00 from (£74.70)
Industrial Death Benefit

Widow’s pension higher rate: £141.85 (from £137.60)
Widow’s pension lower rate: £42.56 (from £41.28)
Widower’s pension: £141.85 (from £137.60)
Jobseeker’s Allowance – Contribution-based JSA

Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
25 or over: £77.00 (from £74.70)
Jobseeker’s Allowance – Income-based JSA

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

Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Allowance/Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay

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)
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – Mobility Component

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

New State Pension

£185.15 (from £179.60)
Old State Pension

Category A or B Basic: £141.85 (from £137.60)
Category B (lower) basic pension – spouse or civil partner’s insurance: £85 (from £82.45)

Category C or D – non-contributory: £85 (from £82.45)

Widow’s Pension

Standard rate: £126.35 (from £122.55)
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)

Standard allowance – couple

Joint claimants both under 25: £416.45 (from £403.93)
Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over: £525.72 (from £509.91)
Standard allowance – child amounts

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)
Standard allowance – disabled child additions

Lower rate: £132.89 (from £128.89)
Higher rate: £414.88 (from 402.41)
Limited capability for work

Limited Capability for Work: £132.89 (from 128.89)
Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity: £354.28 (from £343.63)
Carer amount

£168.81 (from £163.73)