2021 benefit rates confirmed for Universal Credit, JSA and more

The benefit rates will change for millions of people this year.

In April the rates for a number of benefits will be increased.

The Department of Labor and Pensions has determined which will change and how much they will increase, including universal loans, personal independence payments, and unemployment benefits.

A benefit freeze was lifted in April 2020 after it had been in place since 2016, which meant that benefit levels had not increased in line with inflation for at least four years.

Benefits are limited to £ 20,000 for couples with or without children or individual applicants with children.

For single adult households with no children, the limit is £ 13,400.

These caps will remain unchanged when new interest rates are introduced in April 2021.

Here are the changes coming this year.

Universal credit

The standard allowance for single persons under 25 years of age increases from £ 256.05 to £ 257.33 and for persons over 25 years of age from £ 323.22 to £ 324.84.

For couples under the age of 25, the payments increase from £ 401.92 to £ 403.93. When either or both are 25 years or older, it goes up from £ 507.37 to £ 509.91.

For a first child born before April 6, 2017, the payments increase from £ 281.25 to £ 282.50. For children born after this date or after a second or subsequent child, the price increases from £ 235.83 to £ 237.08.

For those with a disabled child, the lower rate of the additional payment increases from £ 128.25 to £ 128.89 and the higher rate increases from £ 400.29 to £ 402.12.

For disabled people, the additional amount increases from £ 128.25 to £ 128.89

For people with reduced capacity or work-related activity, the additional amount increases from £ 341.92 to £ 343.63

Those on UC who need help with childcare costs can get up to 85 percent of it back.

For those with one child at UC, the maximum childcare cost remains at £ 646.35

For those with two or more children in UC, the maximum childcare cost remains £ 1108.04

If you are at UC caring for a severely disabled person receiving a Disability Pension for at least 35 hours per week, the additional amount you will receive in your UC increases from £ 162.92 to £ 163.73

Non-dependent housing contributions increase from £ 75.15 to £ 75.53 (this is the amount that will be deducted from your UC).

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

The daily life component will increase from £ 89.15 to £ 89.60 for those with increased payments while those with standard entitlements will increase from £ 59.70 to £ 60.

The mobility component will be increased from £ 62.25 to £ 62.55 for those with advanced needs. Standard entitlements are increased from £ 23.60 to £ 23.70.

Unemployment benefit

The contributory JSA will increase from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20 for those under 25 and from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70 for those 25 and over.

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Dependency

This will go from £ 67.25 to £ 67.60.

Disabled Life Support

The maintenance component increases from £ 89.15 to £ 89.60 for the highest level, from £ 59.70 to £ 60 for the medium level and from £ 23.60 to £ 23.70 for the lowest level.

The mobility component will increase from £ 62.25 to £ 62.55 for the higher tier and from £ 23.60 to £ 23.70 for the lower tier.

Employment and Support Allowance

For single households under the age of 25, the ESA will increase from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20. For those aged 25 and over, the price increases from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

For single parents, the price increases from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20 for those under 18.

For single parents aged 18 and over, the price increases from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

For couples, payments are also increased depending on the circumstances.

Housing benefit

Single households under the age of 25 will increase from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20. Payments for those aged 25 and over increase from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

For single parents under the age of 25, the price increases from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

Couples who are both under the age of 18 will increase the payments from £ 89 to £ 89.45, and those of one or both over 18 will increase payments from £ 116.80 to £ 117.40.

For dependent children, payments increase from £ 68.27 to £ 68.60.

Incapacity benefit

Long-term incapacity benefit payments will increase from £ 114.15 to £ 114.70.

Short term entitlements will increase from £ 86.10 to £ 86.55 for lower rate entitlements, while higher rate entitlements will increase from £ 101.90 to £ 102.40.

social care

Personal allowances for individuals under the age of 25 increase from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20 and for those aged 25 and over from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

For single parents under the age of 18, the payments increase from £ 58.90 to £ 59.20. For those 18 and over it will go from £ 74.35 to £ 74.70.

For couples under 18 the increase is £ 58.90 to £ 59.20 and for couples over 18 the increase is £ 116.80 to £ 117.40.

Maternity allowance

This will go from £ 151.20 to £ 151.97.

Pension credit

The standard minimum guarantee increases from £ 173.75 to £ 177.10 for individuals and from £ 265.20 to £ 270.30 for couples.

State pension

Full price increases from £ 175.20 to £ 179.60.

Statutory sick pay

The standard tariff increases from £ 95.85 to £ 96.35.

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