Universal Credit payments to rise in 2023 – how much you can expect

Martin Lewis shares his 'rule of thumb' for claiming benefits

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As the cost of living crisis looks set to continue well into 2023 and beyond, benefit claimants will be keen to know how their payments will stack up against inflation in the year ahead. Universal Credit, and all other DWP benefits, will increase by 10.1 percent next year in line with September 2022’s rate of inflation. This is exactly how much more people can expect to see each month from April 2023.

Universal Credit is a benefit paid to people who are out of work or on a low income to help with their living costs.

Exactly how much someone receives depends on their individual circumstance whether they are single and if they have dependent children living at home.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons during his Autumn Statement benefit payments will rise next year in line with September’s inflation figure.

While millions of people who rely on benefits will welcome the rise, they will have to wait until April 2023 to see the increase.

The Universal Credit standard allowance rates for April 2023 will increase by:

  • Single under 25: £292.11 (a difference of £26.80)
  • Single 25 or over: £368.74 (a difference of £33.83)
  • Joint claimants both under 25: £458.51 (a difference of £42.06)
  • Joint claimants, one or both 25 or over: £578.82 (a difference of £53.10)

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It’s not just Universal Credit that will see an increase, other benefits like PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and Attendance Allowance will also rise from April by 10.1 percent.

In addition, state pension payment rates will also rise – the new rates to come into effect from April 2023 will be:

  • Full new state pension: £203.85 (from £185.15)
  • Basic state pension (Category A or B): £156.20 (from £141.85)

Some seven milion people are missing out on financial help from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and it’s not just people who are out of work. 

MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis is urging anyone who is paid £40,000 or less to check their benefits entitlement.

Martin said people on low incomes or suffering fro health conditions could be due a top up from the DWP. He said: “My rule of thumb on this is if you have family income under £40,000 check benefits eligibility.

“I am not – to repeat – saying you will get it – I am saying it is definitely worth 10 minutes of your time to go onto an online benefits calculator – there are a good few of them out there – to see if you’re due.”

Universal Credit claimants can claim more than 23 DWP benefits and freebies such as:

  • Reduced council tax bills

  • Capped water bills

  • Half price bus

  • Discounted rail fares

  • Free or discounted gym membership

  • Help with new job costs

  • £25 in Cold Weather Payments

  • Free or cheap broadband from TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT

  • Cheap BT phone calls

  • Free prescriptions for people with zero income or those on a low income

  • Free dental treatment

  • Eye tests and discounted glasses

  • £1,200 free cash as part of the Government’s Help to Save scheme

  • Food vouchers for kids as part of the Healthy Start scheme

  • Maternity grant up to £1,000

  • Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make changes to a home

  • Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler

  • Homeowners can get help to pay for double glazing as part of the Green Homes Scheme

  • Up to £300 in Winter Fuel Payments

  • Free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS

  • Free health travel costs

  • Help with housing costs

  • Help with funeral costs.

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