DWP Universal Credit and PIP payments to increase with dates to change for claimants

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Claimants on Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are set for a small increase to payments from April. There will also be a change to payment dates, the Department for Work and Pensions has said.

This is due to the Easter holidays. With the start of the 2022/23 financial year, the changes will take effect from April 6.

Anyone a low income, out of work, or unable to work, are able to claim Universal Credit, while people who need assistance with living costs due to living with a health condition or disability, get help via the PIP. Both payments are vital for millions of people, and understanding the increases and payment changes is key for many to ensure their budget is balanced and they have enough money to get by, Hull Live reports.

The main change for UC and PIP payments in April is the impact of the Easter bank holidays, which may well have an impact on when a person will receive their monthly payments. Good Friday in 2022 is on April 15, and Easter Monday on April 18 and the Government has said people “might be paid earlier if your normal payment day is a bank holiday”.

The last working day before the Easter weekend in Thursday, April 14, which will be the date you will receive your payments if you normally get paid between the 15th to the 18th. And the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also confirmed that both Universal Credit and PIP will have their payments rise by 3.1 per cent.

The changes will take place from April 11, 2022 onwards.

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What are the new rates of Universal Credit?

Single people under 25 – rising from £257.33 to £265.31.

Single people aged 25 or over – rising from £324.84 to £334.91.

Couples where both are under 25 – rising from £403.93 to £416.45

Couples where one or both are 25 or over – rising from £509.91 to £525.72

Amount for the first child (born before April 6, 2017) – rising from £282.60 to £290.00

Amount for first child (born before April 6, 2017) or subsequent children – rising from £237.08 to £244.58.

What are the new rates of PIP?

The daily living component standard rate will rise from £60 per week to £61.85 per week.

The enhanced rate of the daily living component will rise from £89.60 per week to £92.40 per week.

The mobility component’s standard rate will increase from its current £23.70 per week to £24.45.

For the enhanced rate, the payment will rise from £62.55 to £64.50 per week.

Full details have been shared via the Government’s official website.

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