Universal Credit: How much more you’ll get and when Easter payments are due

Benefits are set to rise by 3.1% in the UK on Monday April 11, when millions of people are expected to see an increase in their payments. The decision was taken in the House of Commons last February in a bid to help the most vulnerable during a record cost of living crisis.

Although the increase parallels inflation rates last fall, some activists argue that it does not adjust to current inflation. Concerns have been raised that this is in fact a reduction in payments due to gross inflation rising 5.5% for the 12 months of January, as well as a crisis of the cost of living which has seen the price of almost all basic necessities rise.

Millions of households are struggling to meet their basic needs and expenses, and are desperately looking for cost-effective solutions to combat the crisis. The energy price cap rose 54% on Friday April 1, and many are seeing the cost of living soar, including rising council tax rates and National insurance increases.

Read more: National Insurance increases from today – how much you can now expect to pay



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How much does the Universal Credit rate increase?

The new Universal Credit rates for 2022/2023 effective Monday, April 11 are as follows (brackets are the 2021/2022 rate):

Standard allowance

Only

Single under 25: £265.31 (from £257.33)

Single 25+: £334.91 (from £324.84)

Pair

Joint applicants under 25: £416.45 (was £403.93)

Joint applicants, one or both aged 25 or over: £525.72 (from £509.91)

child elements

First child (born before April 6, 2017): £290 (from £282.60)

First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies): £244.58 (was £237.08)

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When will I receive my first higher payment?

Although the new rates take effect from Monday, this does not necessarily mean that you will receive your payment at that time. It all depends on when you receive your regular payment each month.

If you are unsure, you can check your Universal Credit account to find out when payment is due. You should see the new amount increase on the very first payment in April.

The Easter weekend, however, may cause inconvenience to some claimants, who are warned to expect a change to their usual payment day. The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that if you are due to be paid on Friday April 15, you will receive your money a day earlier. Thursday, April 14, in place.

The same applies if you are due to be paid on Monday April 18, in which case you will also be paid on Thursday April 14 – three days earlier. This covers most benefits such as tax credits, pension payments and universal credit if your usual payment date falls on a public holiday.