Four DWP benefits NOT rising in June despite millions of claimants getting boost

Four benefits are not rising despite millions getting a boost this month. Thousands of people on Universal Credit (UC) will finally get their increased payment amounts in line with inflation from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Some benefits won't rise in line with inflation this year. Benefits payments increased by 6.7% from April 8, 2024, for many claimants. But for some Universal Credit claimants, the increased benefit rates will only take effect around June. This is due to the Universal Credit assessment period.

Universal Credit is calculated based on your circumstances each month and these are called your "assessment periods" - if your circumstances change within the assessment period then the amount of Universal Credit you get that month could also change.

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So if your assessment period started before the April 8 rise, you will have seen the benefits rise in May. However, those whose assessment period started after won't see it until June.

Benefit cap

The benefit cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit you can get. It applies to most people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age. In Greater London, for couples (with or without children) or single people with a child of qualifying age, the cap is £25,323 a year. For single adult households without children, it’s £16,967.

Outside of London, the limits are £22,020 and £14,753, respectively. The benefit cap affects:

  • Universal Credit

  • Bereavement Allowance

  • Child Benefit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Employment and Support Allowance

  • Housing Benefit

  • Incapacity Benefit

  • Income Support

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Maternity Allowance

  • Severe Disablement Allowance

  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance (or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widow’s Pension if you started getting it before 9 April 2001)

Bereavement Support Payments

You may be able to get Bereavement Support Payment if your partner has died. Bereavement Support Payment is not means-tested. This means what you earn or how much you have in savings will not affect what you get.

You usually need to make a claim within 21 months of your partner’s death. If it’s been over 21 months since your partner’s death, you may still be able to make a claim if their cause of death was only recently confirmed.

The most you can get is a one off payment of £3,500 and 18 monthly payments of £350 - this is called the "higher rate" and applies to those who had a child and claimed child benefit, or were pregnant. The lower rate for those without children is a one-off payment of £2,500 and 18 monthly payments of £100.

Capital limits

If you've had a financial assessment with the council, the social care department will look at how much capital you have. Capital means how much money you have. This could include money you have in the bank, money you have invested in things like your house if you own it, or other property and other investments, like shares in companies.

Housing benefit

Housing Benefit can help you pay your rent if you’re unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It’s being replaced by Universal Credit. If you’re single you can make a new claim for Housing Benefit. If you’re over State Pension age and live with your partner.

You can make a new claim for Housing Benefit if any of the following apply: you and your partner have both reached State Pension age, one of you has reached State Pension age and started claiming Pension Credit (for you as a couple) before 15 May 2019 andyou’re in supported, sheltered or temporary housing.

While housing benefit is rising generally, one premium that isn’t is the loan parent rate. This will remain at £22.20 a week.