DWP confirms new Universal Credit payment rates start from next week

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that new Universal Credit payment rates start from next week. The annual uprating will begin to appear in payments from May 14.

But some claimants will wait until June 13 to receive the higher amount in their bank account, reports the DailyRecord. It was during an edition of the Money Box on BBC Radio 4 when the news was confirmed.

The matter came up in a segment discussing delays to increased State Pension and benefit payments, despite the DWP applying the uplift on April 8. Sandra Hardial, programme researcher, explained that Universal Credit payments are rising by 6.7 per cent.

But she warned that people will not get money straight away because they are paid in arrears. "The six million people on Universal Credit face the longest wait. The DWP has told Money Box that none of them will get the higher rate before the 14th of May and some will have to wait until the 13th of June," she said.

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What are the new New Universal Credit payment rates 2024/25

A full list of all the new DWP benefit payment rates, including Housing Benefit and deductions can be found on GOV.UK here. The new monthly rates are shown unless otherwise stated.

Universal Credit (monthly rates)

Single claimants

  • Under 25: £311.68 (from £292.11)

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

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)

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)

Disabled Child Additions

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

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

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)

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)

Work Allowances

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)

For the ful details on Universal Credit deduction amounts based on household circumstances visit the government website here.

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