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Universal Credit: How much rates will rise and when Easter payments are due

Millions of people are expected to see an increase in their benefit payments when new rates take effect next week. Benefits in the UK will increase by 3.1% compared to Monday, April 11, having been formally adopted in the House of Commons in February.

Although the hike is in line with last fall’s inflation, campaigners worry it comes on top of a real-term reduction in payments due to inflation – already 5.5% for the 12 months until January 2022 – and a cost of – life crisis. It comes after the energy price cap rose 54% on Friday April 1, and many are seeing the cost of living soar, including rising council tax rates, increases in National Insurance and inflation up 5.5% in the 12 months to January 2022. The increases have left millions of households struggling to meet their normal daily expenses.

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How much does the Universal Credit rate increase?

The new universal credit rates for 2022/2023 as of Monday April 11 are as follows (compared to 2021/2022):

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)

When will I receive my first higher payment?

The new rates will take effect from April 11, 2022, but the exact timing will depend on when you receive your payment each month. You can check your Universal Credit account for your first payment in April and you should see the new amounts from your first payment date after the increases are entered.

However, claimants are also advised that payment dates will differ next week due to the Easter weekend, with some seeing a change from 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.

If you are due to be paid on Monday April 18, 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. You can learn more about Easter payment dates for benefits here.