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New DWP payment rates as millions of families await cash boost

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Most people on the State Pension or Universal Credit and other benefits will have heard about the 10.1% uprating of payments in 2023/24. The annual uprating means an estimated 19.2 million families and 39.8 million individuals across Great Britain will get a boost to their payments from next month.

But while one might assume that the huge 10.1% rise this year will apply from April 1 - it's actually later in the month. And some claimants may not get their first payment at the higher rate until into May, because the benefits are paid in arrears - in other words, after each assessment period.

The new payment rates - which amount to an extra £74.80 every four weeks or £972.40 a year for someone on the new full new State Pension, as one example - take effect from Monday, April 10. But when your first boosted payment arrives depends on your assessment period starts and ends, as reported by the Daily Record.

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If you get payments every four weeks, check when your next payment is due in relation to April 10. You can work out from there whether you will receive the current or new rate at the end of your next assessment period.

For example, if you are next due to receive money a few days before April 10, and you're paid every four weeks, then the new rate will be applied to the following payment, which will be in early May. You may be paid on the same date every month, weekly or four weeks - depending on the support you claim.

Here is a run-down of the new payment rates - and the current rates they are increasing from - for various Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits. Rates are weekly unless otherwise stated and have been rounded, as that is UK government policy.

Attendance Allowance

Carer's Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Care Component

Mobility component

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Incapacity Benefit (long-term)

Income Support

Jobseeker's Allowance (contributions based)

Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based)

Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Allowance

Pension Credit

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Daily Living Component

Mobility Component

State Pension

Universal Credit (Monthly rates shown)

Standard allowance


Child amounts

Disabled child additions

Limited Capability for Work

Carer amount

Widow's Pension

Inflation-linked tax credit elements and benefits from HM Revenue and Customs will also rise by 10.1%, along with DWP benefits that are linked to inflation and the basic and new State Pension. The DWP has published a full online guide to the increases for State Pensions, benefits and the increased benefit cap on the GOV.UK website.


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