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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2014 to 2015 - Page 1

April 2013 saw the phasing in of Universal Credit and the Personal Independence Payment replacing certain existing benefits via the new welfare reforms.

included are pension and tax credit rates. The amount of benefit or credit that you may be entitled to is calculated based on your individual circumstances. Please note that the rules for benefits and tax credits are very complicated and you should seek advice if you are not sure about how the benefit and tax credit rules work.

Rates:

see Page 2 for more benefit rates

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On the 8th January 2013 the government won a vote for a 1% cap on the annual rise of most working-age welfare payments and tax credits. The Bill limits rises in most working-age benefits to 1% in 2014/15 and 2015/2016 instead of linking them to inflation (the Consumer Price Index).

Based on the link to inflation policy most benefit rates listed below and on page 2 show a rise of 2.2% but a similar 1% cap could be applied to them. The Benefits affected are:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Elements of housing benefit
  • Maternity allowance
  • Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Adoption Pay
  • Couple and lone parent elements of working tax credits and the child element of the child tax credit

This legislation must to be approved by the Commons and the Lords to implement it for 2013-2016.


 
         
Benefit - Allowance (please read above)   Rates
2013 - 2014
Rates
2014 - 2015
 
         
Attendance Allowance (more information)        
higher rate   79.15 81.30  
lower rate   53.00 54.45  
         
Bereavement Benefit (more information)        
Bereavement payment  (lump Sum)   2000.00 2000.00  
         
widowed parents allowance   108.30 111.20  
         
Bereavement Allowance        
standard rate
  105.95 108.30  
         
age related
       
age 54
  100.72 103.42  
53
  93.14 95.63  
52
  85.56 87.85  
51
  77.98 80.06  
50
  70.40 72.28  
49
  62.81 64.50  
48
  55.23 56.71  
47
  47.65 48.93  
46
  40.07 41.14  
45
  32.49 33.36  
         
Benefit Cap        
         
In Housing Benefit (weekly rate):        
Couples and lone parents   500.00 500.00  
Single persons without children   350.00 350.00  
         
In Universal Credit (monthly rate):        
Joint claimants and single claimants with children   2167.00 2167.00  
Joint claimants and single claimants without children   1517.00 1517.00  
         
Capital Limits - rules common to Income Support,
Income based Jobseeker's Allowance,
income-related Employment and Support Allowance,
Pension Credit,
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit unless stated otherwise
       
         
upper limit   16000.00 16000.00  
upper limit - Pension Credit guarantee and those getting HB/CTB and Pension Credit guarantee credit   no limit no limit  
Amount disregarded - all benefits except Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit and for those above the qualifying age for Guarantee Credit.   6000.00 6000.00  
Amount disregarded - Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit for those above the qualifying age for Pension Credit   10000.00 10000.00  
child disregard (not Pension Credit)   3000.00 3000.00  
amount disregarded (living in RC/NH)   10000.00 10000.00  
         
Tariff income
       
£1 for every £250, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit        
         
Tariff income - Pension Credit and HB/CTB where clmt/ptner is over the Guarantee Credit qualifying age        
£1 for every £500, or part thereof, between the amount of capital disregarded and the capital upper limit        
         
Carer's Allowance (more information)   59.75 61.35  
         
Constant Attendance Allowance rates - see page 2
(more information)
       
         

Council Tax Benefit (more information)
Local Councils will devise their own schemes for this benefit from April 2013 as a part of the welfare reforms.

       
           
Disability Living Allowance (more information)          
see also: Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - A Guide replacing DLA in 2013          
           
Care Component
         
Highest   79.15 81.30    
Middle   53.00 54.45    
Lowest   21.00 21.55    
           
Mobility Component          
Higher   55.25 56.75    
Lower   21.00 21.55    
           
Employment Support Allowance (more information)          
           
Personal Allowances          
Single          
under 25   56.80 57.35    
25 or over   71.70 72.40    
           
lone parent          
under 18   56.80 57.35    
18 or over   71.70 72.40    
           
couple          
both under 18   56.80 57.35    
both under 18 with child   85.80 86.65    
both under 18 (main phase)   71.70 72.40    
both under 18 with child (main phase)   112.55 113.70    
0ne 18 or over, one under 18 (certain coditions apply)   112.55 113.70    
both over 18   112.55 113.70    
claimant under 25, partner under 18   56.80 57.35    
claimant 25 or over, partner under 18   71.70 72.40    
claimant (main phase), partner under 18   71.70 72.40    
           
Premiums          
enhanced disability          
single   15.15 15.55    
couple   21.75 22.35    
           
severe disability          
single   59.50 61.10    
couple (lower rate)   59.50 61.10    
couple (higher rate)   119.00 122.20    
           
carer   33.30 34.20    
           
pensioner          
single with WRAC   45.25 47.20    
single with support component   38.90 40.20    
single with no component   73.70 75.95    
couple with WRAC   81.05 84.05    
couple with support component   74.70 77.05    
couple with no component   109.50 112.80    
           
Components          
Work-related activity   28.45 28.75    
Support   34.80 35.75    
           
Housing Benefit (more information)          
Personal allowances          
single          
under 25   56.80 57.35    
25 or over   71.70 72.40    
entitled to main phase ESA   71.70 72.40    
           
lone parent          
under 18   56.80 57.35    
18 or over   71.70 72.40    
entitled to main phase ESA   71.70 72.40    
           
couple          
both under 18   85.80 86.65    
one or both 18 or over   112.55 113.70    
claimant entitled to main phase ESA   112.55 113.70    
           
dependent children   65.62 66.33    
           
pensioner          
single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65   145.40 148.35    
couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65   222.05 226.50    
single/lone parent - 65 and over   163.50 165.15    
couple - one or both 65 and over   244.95 247.20    
           
Premiums          
family   17.40 17.45    
family (lone parent rate)   22.20 22.20    
           
disability          
single   31.00 31.85    
couple   44.20 45.40    
           
enhanced disability          
single   15.15 15.55    
disabled child   23.45 24.08    
couple   21.75 22.35    
           
severe disability          
single   59.50 61.10    
couple (lower rate)   59.50 61.10    
couple (higher rate)   119.00 122.20    
           
disabled child   57.89 59.50    
           
carer   33.30 34.20    
           
ESA components          
work-related activity   28.45 28.75    
support   34.80 35.75    
           
Incapacity Benefit (more information)          
           
Long-term Incapacity Benefit          
    101.35 104.10    
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)          
lower rate   76.45 78.50    
higher rate   90.50 92.95    
           
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)          
lower rate   97.25 99.90    
higher rate   101.35 104.10    
           
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age          
higher rate   10.70 11.00    
lower rate   6.00 6.16    
           
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)          
higher rate   10.70 11.00    
middle rate   6.00 6.15    
lower rate   6.00 6.15    
           
Income Support (more information)          
Personal Allowances
         
single          
under 25   56.80 57.35    
25 or over   71.70 72,40    
           
lone parent          
under 18   56.80 57.35    
18 or over   71.70 72.40    
           
couple          
both under 18   56.80 57.35    
both under 18 - higher rate   85.80 86.65    
one under 18, one under 25   56.80 57.35    
one under 18, one 25 and over   71.70 72.40    
both 18 or over   112.55 113.70    
           
dependent children   65.62 66.33    
           
Premiums          
family/lone parent   17.40 17.45    
           
pensioner (applies to couples only)   109.50 112.80    
           
disability          
single   31.00 31.85    
couple   44.20 45.40    
           
enhanced disability          
single   15.15 15.55    
disabled child   23.45 24.08    
couple   21.75 22.35    
           
severe disability          
single   59.50 61.10    
couple (lower rate)   59.50 61.10    
couple (higher rate)   119.00 122.20    
           
disabled child          
           
carer   33.30 34.20    
           
Relevant sum for strikers   39.00 40.00    

 
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