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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2015 to 2016 - Page 2

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 also: Page 1

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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 1 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


Industrial Death Benefit
Widow's pension
higher rate 113.10 115.95
lower rate 33.93 34.79
Widower's pension 113.10 115.95
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (more information)
18 and over, or under 18 with dependants
100% 166.00 168.00
90% 149.40 151.20
80% 132.80 134.40
70% 116.20 117.60
60% 99.60 100.80
50% 83.00 84.00
40% 66.40 67.20
30% 49.80 50.40
20% 33.20 33.60
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum) 11020.00 11150.00
Unemployability Supplement  
increase for early incapacity
higher rate 21.25 21.50
middle rate 13.70 13.90
lower rate 6.85 6.95
Maximum reduced earnings allowance 66.40 67.20
Maximum retirement allowance 16.60 16.80
Constant Attendance Allowance (more information)
exceptional rate 132.80 134.40
intermediate rate 99.60 100.80
normal maximum rate 66.40 67.20
part-time rate 33.20 33.60
Exceptionary severe disablement allowance 66.40 67.20
Jobseeker's Allowance (more information)
Contribution based JSA - Personal rates
under 25 57.35 57.90
25 or over 72.40 73.10
Income-based - Personal allowances
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
single 75.95 78.10
couple 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 59.50 60.06
carer 34.20 34.60
Prescribed sum for strikers 40.00 40.50
   
Maternity Allowance
 
Standard rate 138.18 139.58
MA threshold 30.00 30.00
   
Pension Credit (more information)
 
Standard minimum guarantee
 
single 148.35 151.20
couple 226.50 230.85
   
Additional amount for severe disability
 
single 61.10 61.85
couple (one qualifies) 61.10 61.85
couple (both qualify) 122.20 123.70
   
Additional amount for carers 34.20 34.60
   
Savings credit
threshold - single 120.35 126.50
threshold - couple 192.00 201.80
maximum - single 16.80 14.82
maximum - couple 20.70 17.43
   
Amount for claimant and first spouse in a polygamous marriage 226.50 230.85
Additional amount for additional spouse 78.15 79.65
   
Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit Purposes)
Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions 2.7% 1.20%
     
Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmens Compensation (supplementation)
(more information)
   
     
Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum)    
Partial disablement allowance    
Unemployability supplement    
increases for early incapacity -
higher rate    
middle rate    
lower rate    
     
Constant attendance allowance (more information)
exceptional rate    
intermediate rate    
normal maximum rate    
part-time rate    
Exceptionally severe disablement allowance    
Lesser incapacity allowance
maximum rate of allowance    
based on loss of earnings over    
     
Severe Disablement Allowance (more information)
 
Basic rate 73.75 74.65
Age-related addition (from Dec 90)
Higher rate 11.00 11.15
Middle rate 6.15 6.20
Lower rate 6.15 6.20
   
State Pension
 
Category A or B 113.10 115.95
Category B(lower) - spouse or civil partner's insurance 67.89 69.50
Category C or D - non-contributory 67.80 69.50
   
additional pension 2.70% 1.20%
increments to:-
Basic pension 2.70% 1.20%
Additional pension 2.70% 1.20%
Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB) 2.70% 1.20%
inheritable lump sum 2.70% 1.20%
   
Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of pre-April 1988 contracted-out earnings nil nil
   
Contracted-out Deduction from AP in respect of contracted-out earnings from April 1988 to 1997 2.70% 1.20%
   
Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit) 0.1314 0.1330
increase on long term incapacity for age 2.70% 1.20%
   
Addition at age 80 0.25 0.25
Increase of long-term incapacity for age
higher rate 21.25 21.50
lower rate 10.65 10.80
   
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients
higher rate 21.25 21.50
middle rate 13.70 13.90
lower rate 6.85 6.95
   
Statutory Adoption Pay
Earnings threshold 111.00 112.00
Standard rate 138.18 139.58
   
Statutory Maternity Pay
Earnings threshold 111.00 112.00
Standard rate 138.18 139.58
   
Statutory Paternity
Earnings threshold 111.00 112.009
Standard rate 138.18 139.58
Additional statutory paternity pay 138.18 139.58
   
Statutory Shared Parental Pay
Earnings threshold 111.00 112.00
Standard rate 138.18 139.58
   
Statutory Sick Pay (more information)
Earnings threshold 111.00 112.00
Standard rate 87.55 88.45
   
Tax credits calculator - To find out how much you may get.
This tax credit calculator tells you roughly how much
tax credits you can get (in a lump sum) from today's
date tothe end of this tax year. The calculator uses
currentrates (it can't calculate tax credits for future
years).
It will be updated from 6 April 2012.
It should take 10-15 minutes to complete
Tax Credit Helpline: Telephone 0345 300 3900
Widow's Benefit
Widowed mother's allowance 111.20 112.55
   
Widow's pension ( more information)
 
standard rate 111.20 112.55
age-related
age 54 (49) 103.42 104.67
53 (48) 95.63 96.79
52 (47) 87.85 88.91
51 (46) 80.08 81.04
50 (45) 72.28 73.16
49 (44) 64.50 65.28
48 (43) 56.71 57.40
47 (42) 48.93 49.52
46 (41) 41.14 41.64
45 (40 33.36 33.77
Note: For deaths occuring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.

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