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Benefit rates 2021-2022

Every year, many benefits rates change. This page outlines some of the most notable changes this year and where to go for more information.

We've broadly grouped the updates into four categories: your pension, your wellbeing, your home and working-age benefits.


Changes to your pension

You won't get your State Pension automatically, you have to claim it. You should receive a letter about this no later than 2 months before you reach State Pension Age. This is now 66 years old for both men and women.

Increases to the new State Pension

You can now get up to £179.60 per week depending on the National Insurance contributions made during your working years.

Increases to the basic State Pension

The full basic State Pension under the old rules is now £137.60 a week for people with at least 30 years of NI contributions.

Increases to Pension Credit

Guarantee Credit can now top up your income to at least £177.10 per week for single people and £270.30 for couples.

Savings Credit is now up to £14.04 extra per week for single people or £15.71 per week for couples.


Changes to benefits for your home

What you might be entitled to for some of these benefits depends on certain criteria. Some of these rates haven't changed for 2021-22 but it's worth checking if you might be entitled to any for the first time this year. 

Your Council Tax Support

This varies depending on certain criteria and your circumstances, but it may cover your Council Tax in full.

Your Housing Benefit

This varies depending on certain criteria and your circumstances, but it may cover your rent in full.

Your Winter Fuel Payment

This remains one annual payment, normally £200 if you're under 80 and £300 if you're 80 or over. 

Your Cold Weather Payment

This remains £25 per week when the weather has been, or is expected to be, freezing or below for seven days in a row between November and March.

Your Warm Home Discount

This is a one-off discount on your energy bill from your supplier. 


Changes to benefits for your wellbeing

Whether you need support during the day, at night or both, or you're a carer that helps support someone else, you could be entitled to some extra weekly money. 

Increases in Attendance Allowance

This is now £60.00 per week if you need help in the day or at night, and £89.60 if you need help in the day and at night.

Increases in Carer’s Allowance

This is now £67.60 per week if you care for someone.

Increase in Widowed Parent’s Allowance

This is now £122.55 as long as you're still receiving Child Benefit.


Changes to benefits if you're working age

If you haven't yet reached State Pension age or you're a couple and one of you is yet to reach State Pension age you might be entitled to benefits for those of working age. 

Changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

The weekly rates for both the care and mobility components has increased.

Changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

The work-related component has increased to £74.70 per week and the support component has increased to £114.10 per week.

Changes to Income Support

This has increased to £74.70 per week if you’re single and £117.40 per week if you’re a couple.

Changes to Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

This has increased to £74.70 per week if you’re single and £117.40 per week if you’re a couple.

Changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

The daily living component has increased to £60.00 for the standard rate and £89.60 for the enhanced rate. The mobility component has increased to £23.70 for the standard rate and £62.55 for the enhanced rate.

Changes to Universal Credit

The basic standard allowances for Universal Credit have increased to £411.51 per month if you’re single and £596.58 per month if you’re a couple. These will be reviewed in October.

Check what you could be entitled to

Our benefits calculator can help you work out what you're entitled to and what extra money you could be claiming. It only takes a few minutes.

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Last updated: Apr 06 2021

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