People on Universal Credit and Payment for Personal Independence (PIP) will see a slight increase in payment from next month, while claimants will also have a temporary change in payment date, due to the Easter holiday. With the start of the 2022/23 financial year, the changes will take effect from April 6.
People on low incomes, unemployed or unable to work can apply for Universal Credit, while people who need help with living expenses due to a health condition or disability get help through the PIP. Both payments are lifelines for millions of people, and understanding payment increases and changes is essential for many to ensure their budget is balanced and they have enough money to get by.
The big change for UC and PIP payments in April is the impact of the Easter holiday, which may well impact when someone will receive their monthly payments. Good Friday falls on April 15 and Easter Monday on April 18 and the government has said people “could be paid earlier if your normal payment day is a public holiday”.
The last working day before the Easter weekend of Thursday April 14, which will be the date you will receive your payments if you are normally paid between the 15th and 18th.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also confirmed that Universal Credit and PIP will see their payments increase by 3.1%. The changes will take effect from April 11, 2022.
What are the new Universal Credit rates?
Singles under 25 – dropping from £257.33 to £265.31.
Single people aged 25 or over – dropping from £324.84 to £334.91.
Couples where both are under 25 – from £403.93 to £416.45
Couples where one or both are 25 or over – from £509.91 to £525.72
Amount for first child (born before April 6, 2017) – increased from £282.60 to £290.00
Amount for first child (born before April 6, 2017) or subsequent children – increased from £237.08 to £244.58.
What are the new PIP rates?
The standard rate for the daily living component will increase from £60 per week to £61.85 per week.
The increased daily living component rate will increase from £89.60 per week to £92.40 per week.
The standard mobility component rate will drop from £23.70 per week to £24.45.
For the increased rate, the payment will increase from £62.55 to £64.50 per week.
All the details have been shared via the Official government site.
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