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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2015 to 2016 - 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.

Given here are the benefit rates for 2014 to 2015 also.

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
Benefit - Allowance (please read above) Rates
2014 - 2015
Rates
2015 - 2016



Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2014 /15



Benefits for Migrants Handbook

Attendance Allowance (more information)  
higher rate 81.30 82.30
lower rate 54.45 55.10
   
Bereavement Benefit (more information)
Bereavement payment  (lump Sum) 2000.00 2000.00
   
widowed parents allowance 111.20 112.55
   
Bereavement Allowance
standard rate 111.20 112.55
   
age related
age 54 103.42 104.67
53 95.63 96.79
52 87.85 88.91
51 80.06 81.04
50 72.28 73.16
49 64.50 65.28
48 56.71 57.40
47 48.93 49.52
46 41.14 41.64
45 33.36 33.77

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) 61.35 62.10
 
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)
Highest 81.30 82.30
Middle 54.45 55.10
Lowest 21.55 21.80
 
Mobility Component
Higher 56.75 57.45
Lower 21.55 21.80
 
Employment Support Allowance (more information)
 
Personal Allowances
Single
under 25 57.35 57.90
25 or over 72.40 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.35 57.90
18 or over 72.40 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 57.35 57.90
both under 18 with child 86.65 87.50
both under 18 (main phase) 72.40 73.10
both under 18 with child (main phase) 113.70 114.85
0ne 18 or over, one under 18 (certain coditions apply) 113.70 114.85
both over 18 113.70 114.85
claimant under 25, partner under 18 57.35 57.90
claimant 25 or over, partner under 18 72.40 73.10
claimant (main phase), partner under 18 72.40 73.10
 
Premiums
enhanced disability
single 15.55 15.75
couple 22.35 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.10 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.10 61.85
couple (higher rate) 122.20 123.70
 
carer 34.20 34.60
 
pensioner
single with WRAC 47.20 49.05
single with support component 40.20 41.90
single with no component 75.95 78.10
couple with WRAC 84.05 86.95
couple with support component 77.05 79.80
couple with no component 112.80 118.00
 
Components
Work-related activity 28.75 29.05
Support 35.75 36.20

Housing Benefit (more information)
Personal allowances
single
under 25 57.35 57.90
25 or over 72.40 73.10
entitled to main phase ESA 72.40 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.35 57.90
18 or over 72.40 73.10
entitled to main phase ESA 72.40 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 86.65 87.50
one or both 18 or over 113.70 114.85
claimant entitled to main phase ESA 113.70 114.85
 
dependent children 66.33 66.90
 
pensioner
single/lone parent has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but under 65 148.35 151.20
couple - one or both has attained the qualifying age for Pension Credit but both under 65 226.50 230.85
single/lone parent - 65 and over 165.15 166.05
couple - one or both 65 and over 247.20 248.30
 
Premiums
family 17.45 17.45
family (lone parent rate) 22.20 22.20
 
disability
single 31.85 32.25
couple 45.40 45.95
 
enhanced disability
single 15.55 15.75
disabled child 24.08 24.43
couple 22.35 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.10 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.10 61.85
couple (higher rate) 122.20 123.70
 
disabled child 59.50 60.06
 
carer 34.20 34.60
 
ESA components
work-related activity 28.75 29.05
support 35.75 36.20
 
Incapacity Benefit (more information)
 
Long-term Incapacity Benefit 104.10 105.35
 
Short-term Incapacity Benefit (under state pension age)
lower rate 78.50 79.45
higher rate 92.95 94.05
 
Short term Incapacity Benefit (over state pension age)
lower rate 99.90 101.10
higher rate 104.10 105.35
 
Increase of long term Incapacity Benefit for age
higher rate 11.00 11.15
lower rate 6.16 6.20
 
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional)
higher rate 11.00 11.15
middle rate 6.15 6.20
lower rate 6.15 6.20
 
Income Support (more information)
Personal Allowances
single
under 25 57.35 57.90
25 or over 72,40 73.10
 
lone parent
under 18 57.35 57.90
18 or over 72.40 73.10
 
couple
both under 18 57.35 57.90
both under 18 - higher rate 86.65 87.50
one under 18, one under 25 57.35 57.90
one under 18, one 25 and over 72.40 73.10
both 18 or over 113.70 114.85
 
dependent children 66.33 66.90
 
Premiums
family/lone parent 17.45 17,45
 
pensioner (applies to couples only) 112.80 116.00
 
disability
single 31.85 32.25
couple 45.40 45.95
 
enhanced disability
single 15.55 15.75
disabled child 24.08 24.43
couple 22.35 22.60
 
severe disability
single 61.10 61.85
couple (lower rate) 61.10 61.85
couple (higher rate) 122.20 123.70
disabled child 59.90 60.06
   
carer 34.20 34.60
     
Relevant sum for strikers 40.00 40.50

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