DWP benefit and pension completely changed tomorrow – as meager increase leaves Brits worse off

Benefits and pensions will rise by just 3.1% for millions of Brits on Monday 11 April – far less than inflation and will leave people worse off in real terms. Full prices can be found here

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Benefits and pensions will rise 3.1% tomorrow, which is technically the biggest increase in benefits in many years.

But the good news ends here as a huge spike in inflation more than wipes out the money boost for millions of Britons.

Universal Credit principles (excluding childcare and housing) will rise by just £10.07 a month, while the state pension will rise by £5.55 a week.

Carer’s Allowance will increase by a meager £2.10 a week, while Statutory Sick Pay will only increase by £3 a week.

These rates are calculated based on September 2021 inflation of 3.1%.

But inflation is already above 6% and is expected to peak at 8.7% this year, partly due to an increase in energy bills of £693 a year.

The British are facing a livelihood crisis


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That means the real value of benefits will fall by a whopping £12billion in 2022-23, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said.

The way benefits are calculated suggests this will trigger a record surge in April 2023, but that’s cold consolation for claimants now.

The OBR wanted the benefits to “take up to 18 months to fully catch up with higher inflation”.

Meanwhile, the triple ban on pensions, which would have increased the state pension by more than 8%, has been suspended.

Ministers blamed a “statistical anomaly” for pensions artificially increasing due to a recovery in wages.

However, as it turns out, if pensions had increased by more than 8%, they would have only just kept pace with inflation.

When the new rates passed Parliament, only one Tory, Peter Bottomley, defied the stick to vote against the sub-inflation rise.

Rebecca, a working mum on a low income, told Save the Children: “My welfare income will increase by around £24.80 a month.

“But my bus fares have gone up by £13 a month – just for me – and food at the supermarket has gone up by around £20 a week, not to mention gas and electricity prices.

“It won’t change anything about my situation.”

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Dan Paskins, Director of UK Impact at the charity, added: “A 3.1% increase in benefits when inflation peaks at 8% just doesn’t pay off for struggling families.

“They now have hundreds of pounds to cover deficits this year because of this real cut in terms.

“For many, energy price increases alone will eat up any additional income. When it comes to managing ongoing costs, it won’t even touch the pages.”

Here are the new tariffs in full:

New DWP payment rates from April 11, 2022

Weekly rates are shown unless otherwise noted.

attendance fee

need of care

Disabled Life Support

care component

  • Highest: £92.40 (from £89.60)

  • Mid: £61.85 (from £60.00)

  • Lowest Price: £24.45 (From £23.70)

mobility component

Employment and Assistance Allowance (ESA)

housing benefit

Your personal allowance helps to calculate your entitlement to housing benefit.

Single person (personal allowance)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)

  • 25 and between state pension age: £77.00 (from £74.70)

  • Eligible for Main Stage ESA: £77.00 (from £74.70)

  • Has reached state pension age: £197.10 (from £191.15)

Single parent (personal allowance)

  • Under 25: £61.05 (from £59.20)
  • 25 and between state pension age: £77.00 (from £74.70)

  • Eligible for Main Stage ESA: £77.00 (from £74.70)

  • Has reached state pension age: £197.10 (from £191.15)

couple (personal allowance)

  • Both under 18s: £92.20 (from £89.45)
  • One or both aged 18 to state pension credit age: £121.05 (from £117.40)
  • All ages and in main phase ESA: £121.05 (from £117.40)
  • One or both have reached retirement age: £294.90 from £286.05)

Disability benefit (long-term)

social care

unemployment benefit

posts are based

Income dependent

Maternity/Paternity/Split Parental Allowance

pension credit

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

component of everyday life

mobility component

State Pension

widow’s pension

Statutory parental allowance

Statutory sick pay

Universal Credit (monthly installments shown)

standard allowance



  • Joint applicants under 25: £416.45 (from £403.93)

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


  • First child (born before 6 April 2017): £290.00 (from £282.60)

  • First child (born on or after 6 April 2017) or second child and subsequent child (if an exemption or transitional provision applies): £244.58 (from £237.08)

For the full list of DWP increases in benefits and state pension see gov.uk Website.

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