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The new DWP Benefit Rates from April 2014 to 2015 - 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.

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

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



Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2014 /15



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Benefit - Allowance (please read above)   Rates
2013 - 2014
Rates
2014 - 2015
 
Industrial Death Benefit
Widow's pension
higher rate   110.15 113.10  
lower rate   33.05 33.93  
Widower's pension   110.15 113.10  
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (more information)
18 and over, or under 18 with dependants
100%   161.60 166.00  
90%   145.44 149.40  
80%   129.28 132.80  
70%   113.12 116.20  
60%   96.96 99.60  
50%   80.80 83.00  
40%   64.64 66.40  
30%   48.48 49.80  
20%   32.32 33.20  
Maximum life gratuity (lump sum)   10730.00 11020.00  
Unemployability Supplement   99.90    
increase for early incapacity
higher rate   20.70 21.25  
middle rate   13.30 13.70  
lower rate   6.65 6.85  
Maximum reduced earnings allowance   64.64 66.40  
Maximum retirement allowance   16.16 16.60  
Constant Attendance Allowance (more information)
exceptional rate   129.40 132.80  
intermediate rate   97.05 99.60  
normal maximum rate   64.70 66.40  
part-time rate   32.35 33.20  
Exceptionary severe disablement allowance   64.70 66.40  
Jobseeker's Allowance (more information)
Contribution based JSA - Personal rates
under 25   56.80 57.35  
25 or over   71.70 72.40  
Income-based - Personal allowances
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
single   73.70 75.95  
couple   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   57.89 59.50  
carer   33.30 34.20  
Prescribed sum for strikers   39.00 40.00  
         
Maternity Allowance
 
Standard rate   136.78 138.18  
MA threshold   30.00 30.00  
         
Pension Credit (more information)
 
Standard minimum guarantee
 
single   145.40 148.35  
couple   222.05 226.50  
         
Additional amount for severe disability
 
single   59.50 61.10  
couple (one qualifies)   59.50 61.10  
couple (both qualify)   119.00 122.20  
         
Additional amount for carers   33.30 34.20  
         
Savings credit
threshold - single   115.30 120.35  
threshold - couple   183.90 192.00  
maximum - single   18.06 16.80  
maximum - couple   22.89 20.70  
         
Amount for claimant and first spouse in a polygamous marriage   222.05 226.50  
Additional amount for additional spouse   76.65 78.15  
         
Non-State Pensions (for Pension Credit Purposes)
Statutory minimum increase to non-state pensions   2.20% 2.7%  
         
Pneumoconiosis, Byssinosis, and Miscellaneous Diseases Scheme and the Workmens Compensation (supplementation)
(more information)
       
         
Total disablement allowance and major incapacity allowance (maximum)   158.10    
Partial disablement allowance   58.45    
Unemployability supplement   97.75    
increases for early incapacity -
higher rate   20.25    
middle rate   13.00    
lower rate   6.50    
         
Constant attendance allowance (more information)
exceptional rate   126.60    
intermediate rate   94.95    
normal maximum rate   63.30    
part-time rate   31.65    
Exceptionally severe disablement allowance   63.30    
Lesser incapacity allowance
maximum rate of allowance   58.45    
based on loss of earnings over   77.45    
         
Severe Disablement Allowance (more information)
 
Basic rate   71.80 73.75  
Age-related addition (from Dec 90)
Higher rate   10.70 11.00  
Middle rate   6.00 6.15  
Lower rate   6.00 6.15  
         
State Pension
 
Category A or B   110.15 113.10  
Category B(lower) - spouse or civil partner's insurance   66.00 67.89  
Category C or D - non-contributory   66.00 67.80  
         
additional pension   2.20% 2.70%  
increments to:-
Basic pension   2.20% 2.70%  
Additional pension   2.20% 2.70%  
Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB)   2.20% 2.70%  
inheritable lump sum   2.20% 2.70%  
         
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   2.20% 2.70%  
         
Graduated Retirement Benefit (unit)   0.1279 0.1314  
increase on long term incapacity for age   2.20% 2.70%  
         
Addition at age 80   0.25 0.25  
Increase of long-term incapacity for age
higher rate   20.70 21.25  
lower rate   10.35 10.65  
         
Invalidity Allowance (Transitional) for State Pension recipients
higher rate   20.70 21.25  
middle rate   13.30 13.70  
lower rate   6.65 6.85  
         
Statutory Adoption Pay
Earnings threshold   109.00 111.00  
Standard rate   136.78 138.18  
         
Statutory Maternity Pay
Earnings threshold   109.00 111.00  
Standard rate   136.78 138.18  
         
Statutory Paternity
Earnings threshold   109.00 111.00  
Standard rate   136.78 138.18  
Additional statutory paternity pay   136.78 138.18  
         
Statutory Sick Pay (more information)
Earnings threshold   109.00 111.00  
Standard rate   86.70 87.55  
         
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   108.30 111.20  
         
Widow's pension ( more information)
 
standard rate   108.30 111.20  
age-related
age 54 (49)   100.72 103.42  
53 (48)   93.14 95.63  
52 (47)   85.56 87.85  
51 (46)   77.98 80.08  
50 (45)   70.40 72.28  
49 (44)   62.81 64.50  
48 (43)   55.23 56.71  
47 (42)   47.65 48.93  
46 (41)   40.07 41.14  
45 (40   32.49 33.36  
Note: For deaths occuring before 11 April 1988 refer to age-points shown in brackets.

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