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DWP announces Universal Credit, benefits and pension rises in 2022 – full list


The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the 2022 changes to Universal Credit and other benefits, along with State Pension.

It comes after an early change was made to Universal Credit to boost the work allowance (the amount a working claimant can keep with no deductions) and the taper rate (the amount taken off benefits for every £1 of income about that allowance). Those changes kicked in from November 24, 2021.

After a decision was made to boost the State Pension by 3.1 per cent, based on a temporary double lock rule rather than the usual triple lock, all other benefits are to uprated by the same amount.

The new rates will apply in the tax year 2022/23 and come into effect on April 11, 2022.

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Here are all the DWP payment increases:

New DWP payment rates 2022-2023

Weekly rates are shown, unless otherwise stated.

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

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 (from £74.70)

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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)

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)

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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

New State Pension

Old State Pension

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)

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 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)

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

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