Universal Credit to state pension: All the payment changes expected for 2021 – full list

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Universal Credit has seen rising levels of demand throughout 2020 and more people are set to reach their state pension age in the coming months. The Government has confirmed both of these state benefits will see their payments rise in the 2021 to 2022 financial year.

Universal Credit amounts will rise for the four main types of claims, as detailed below:

  • Single and under 25 – from £256.05 now to £257.33 in 2021 to 2022
  • Single and 25 or over – from £323.22 now to £324.84 in 2021 to 2022
  • Joint claims where both are under 25 – from £401.92 now to £403.93 in 2021 to 2022
  • Joint claims where one or both are 25 or over – from £256.05 now to £257.33 in 2021 to 2022

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Additionally, the Government recently confirmed how the state pension will be increased in the coming year under triple lock rules.

From April, state pension payments of all kinds will be increased by 2.5 percent.

This means new state pension claimants will see their payments increased to £179.60 per week.

Those claiming the old state pension will have their payments rise to £137.65.

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Other state benefits will also see their payments rise from next year, with the following all having their new amounts laid out on the Government’s website:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Bereavement Benefit
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Adult dependency increases for spouse or person looking after children
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • PIP
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Statutory Adoption Pay
  • Statutory Maternity, paternity and shared parental Pay
  • Statutory Sick Pay

Some of the increases involved with these benefits will be dependent on varying factors and as such, it can be difficult to keep up with all of them.

Thankfully, benefits calculators can be found online which are free-to-use and can help people find out what they’re entitled to, how they can claim benefits and what will happen to the payments if the claimant starts work.

The Government lists a number of trusted and easy to use calculators on their website, which includes services from Turn2us, Policy in Practice and entitledto.

Before these calculators are used, claimants will need to get certain details ready which includes information on their savings, income levels and outgoings.

Over the coming days, benefit claimants of all kinds are likely to see their income arrive early.

For those who have a payment scheduled for December 25, their payments will likely arrive today instead or they would have arrived on December 23.

Additionally, Universal Credit claimants expecting payments on December 28 will also actually see them arrive today.

Beyond this, all benefits claimants who are expected to have their payments arrive on January 1 will have the money in their account on December 31.

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