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Tax and benefits: what's changed?

The Joining Forces programme has now ended

Joining Forces was an Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supported programme in partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. It was delivered by 12 local projects across England by local Age UKs and SSAFA branches. After 3 successful years, the programme has now ended. Many of the pages in this section will still be useful for information and advice. Alternatively, you can look at the relevant sections of the Age UK website.

Big BenApril marks the beginning on the new tax year, bringing changes to tax and benefits rates. Here's what it means for veterans born before 1950.

War pensions

The rates for War Pensions and allowances have increased by 0.5% for 2021-22.

Changes to benefits for veterans

If you were injured as part of your time in the Armed Forces before April 2005 and are no longer serving, then the War Pension Scheme will compensate for this. The rates for War Pensions and allowances have increased by 0.5% for 2021-22.

Changes to the State Pension and benefits rates

The old State Pension has increased by £3.35 per week. You claim the old State Pension if you're a man born on or before 5 April 1951 or a woman born on or before 5 April 1953.

If you claim Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, this has increase by £3.35 a week for a single person and by £5.10 a week for couples. Pension Credit Savings Credit has increased by 7p a week for a single person and by 9p a week for couples.

If you look after someone who has a disability for more than 35 hours a week, then you could be entitled to Carer's Allowance. This has increased by 35p per week.

If you have an illness or disability that means you need help at home, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance – extra money to make things easier. The higher rate has increased by 45p per week and the lower rate by 30p.

Changes to savings limits

The ISA annual subscription limit for 2021-22 is unchanged at £20,000, meaning you can save up to £20,000 tax free.

More information

For more information from Age UK on benefits and pensions, click on the links below.

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Last updated: Apr 12 2021

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