DWP announces top-up payments for Universal Credit recipients starting this month

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Universal Credit claimants are in for a boost as higher payments are set to roll out this week. This is according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

This follows changes announced earlier this year. State benefits saw a 6.7 per cent increase in April 2024. This meant that benefit claimants were due to receive higher payments from that date, reports WalesOnline.

However, not everyone has received these due to the way Universal Credit payments are processed. While recipients of many other means-tested benefits have started receiving the increased rates, these claimants are among those who have had to wait the longest.

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Universal Credit payments are dispatched once a month and are paid in arrears. The amount you receive when you first claim is based on what is known as your assessment period, which is the monthly period that generally begins on the day you make your claim and ends one calendar month later.

The fact that Universal Credit is paid in arrears means that the money you receive on your payment date is for the previous assessment period. For instance, if you get paid at the end of April, it will be for the previous month leading up to that date.

As of April, Universal Credit payments saw a 6.7 per cent increase as part of the government's commitment to uplift benefits by the consumer price index (CPI) inflation figure from the previous September. However, many claimants are yet to see these higher payments.

The arrears system means that most will only have started seeing the higher amounts in their monthly payments in May when they were paid for the previous monthly assessment period. A large amount of claimants will only start getting them in June, meaning you should start seeing the bumped up support from this month if you haven't had it yet.

The new monthly Universal Credit amounts from April 2024 are as follows:

Single claimants

  • Under 25: £311.68 (from £292.11)

  • 25 or over: £393.45 (from £368.74)

Joint claimants

  • Joint claimants both under 25: £489.23 (from £458.51)

  • Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over: £617.60 (from £578.82)

Child amounts

  • First child (born prior to April 6, 2017): £333.33 (from £315.00)

  • First child (born on or after April 6, 2017) / second child and subsequent child (where an exception or transitional provision applies): £287.92 (from £269.58)

Disabled child additions

  • Lower rate addition: £156.11 (from £146.31)

  • Higher rate addition: £487.58 (from £456.89)

Limited capability for work

  • Monthly amount: £156.11 (from £146.31)

Limited capability for work and work-related activity

  • Monthly amount: £416.19 (from £390.06)

Carer amount

  • Monthly amount: £198.31 (from £185.86)

Childcare costs amount

  • Maximum for one child: £1014.63 (from ££950.92)

  • Maximum for two or more children: £1,739.37 (from £1630.15)

  • Non-dependants’ housing cost contributions: £91.47 (from £85.73)

Higher work allowance (no housing amount)

  • One or more dependent children or limited capability for work: £673.00 (from £631.00)

Lower work allowance

  • One or more dependent children or limited capability for work: £404.00 (from £379.00)