There are a number of changes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that will come into effect in April for millions of benefit claimants. This will include increased payments for those claiming Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and Pension Credit.
As well as an increase in payments, benefit claimants will also see a change in when they will be paid next month. It’s because of the Easter holidays.
Across the country, millions of people rely on state benefits such as Universal Credit, PIP and Pension Credit to help pay their bills. From next month, they will receive a 3.1% pay rise which is designed to help cope with rising inflation, the Express reports.
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It could be a help for those struggling to pay skyrocketing energy bills, although campaigners say this year it won’t come close. Meanwhile, the date on which they will be paid will also change next month due to the Easter holidays.
Those who usually receive their Universal Credit on Friday, April 15 will receive their money a day earlier on Thursday, April 14. Anyone who would usually receive Universal Credit on Monday, April 18 will receive their payment three days earlier on Thursday, April 14.
This also applies to people who receive the PIP and pension credit. In addition, anyone who receives other state benefits should be able to apply the same rule.
In November, Chancellor Rishi Sunak changed the Universal Credit declining rate, meaning thousands more people are now set to get a top-up. The declining rate means people can make more money while still qualifying for Universal Credit.
For every pound a person earns on top of their working allowance (if they have one), Universal Credit payments will be cut by 55p, down from 63p. People can check if they are now in the aid bracket by entering their income details into an online benefit calculator.
Millions of people are still believed to be missing out on Universal Credit payments. Charities are urging everyone to get a benefit check every six months rather than suffer in silence.
Every year, £15 billion is lost in unclaimed benefits in the UK. With the cost of living crisis crippling Britons’ budgets, now is the time to check what you are entitled to.
People eligible for Universal Credit may also be eligible for:
- Reduced council tax bills
- Capped water bills
- Half price bus
- Reduced rail fares
- Free or discounted gym membership
- Help with new job costs
- £140 Warm Home rebate scheme on fuel bills
- £25 in cold weather payments
- Free or cheap broadband from TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT
- Cheap BT phone calls
- Free prescriptions for people with no or low income
- Free dental care
- Eye tests and discount glasses
- Free school transport
- Free school meals
- Reduced childcare costs
- £150 for school uniforms – depending on local authority
- £1,200 free money as part of the Government Savings Aid Scheme
- Food stamps for children under the Healthy Start program
- Maternity benefit up to £1,000
- Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make modifications to a home
- Homeowners can claim up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
- Homeowners can get help paying for double glazing under the Green Homes Scheme
- Up to £300 in winter fuel payments
- Free wigs or cloth support provided by the NHS
- Free health travel expenses
- Help with housing costs
- Help with funeral expenses
- Bereavement support benefits
- Reduced court costs
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