DWP update: All the changes coming in April for Universal Credit and other benefits

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All benefit claimants are about to see their payments increase but, as well as this, the date they are paid will change next month due to Easter. Here’s everything you need to know.

Meanwhile, the date they get paid will also change next month because of the Easter bank holidays.

Britons who usually receive their Universal Credit on Friday, April 15 will receive their money a day early on Thursday, April 14.

Anyone who would usually receive Universal Credit on Monday, April 18 will receive their payment three days early on Thursday, April 14.

This also applies to people who receive PIP and Pension Credit.

In addition, anyone who receives any other state benefits should be able to apply the same rule.

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In November, Chancellor Rishi Sunak changed the Universal Credit taper rate which means thousands more people should now qualify for a top up.

The taper rate means people can earn more money and still qualify for some Universal Credit.

For every £1 a person earns over their work allowance (if they have one), Universal Credit payments will reduce by 55 pence, rather than 63 pence.

Britons can check whether they now fall into the bracket for help by inputting their earnings details into an online benefits calculator.

Millions of people are still thought to be missing out on Universal Credit payments.

Charities are urging everyone to do a benefits check every six months rather than suffer in silence.

£15billion is lost in unclaimed benefits in the UK every year.

With the cost of living crisis crippling Britons’ budgets, now is the time to check.

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People who qualify for Universal Credit might also be eligible for:

  • Reduced council tax bills
  • Capped water bills
  • Half price bus
  • Discounted rail fares
  • Free or discounted gym membership
  • Help with new job costs
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme of £140 off 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 zero income or those on a low income
  • Free dental treatment
  • Eye tests and discounted glasses
  • Free school transport
  • Free school meals
  • Discounted childcare costs
  • £150 towards school uniforms – dependent on the local authority
  • £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme
  • Food vouchers for kids as part of the Healthy Start scheme
  • Maternity grant up to £1,000
  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home
  • Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme
  • Up to £300 in Winter Fuel Payments
  • Free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS
  • Free health travel costs
  • Help with housing costs
  • Help with funeral costs
  • Bereavement support payments
  • Reduced court fees.

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