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Freezing of Benefits

The main rates of working age benefits and tax credits have been frozen for four years from April 2016 to April 2020. 

Benefits that are affected are:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • The Employment and Support Allowance Assessment Rate and Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) Rate
  • Child Benefit
  • The Applicable amounts* for the calculation of Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance rates
  • Child and Working Tax Credit (with the exception of the adult and child disability elements. The disability elements will continue to be increased by the Consumer Price Index)

*The Applicable amount represents your family's basic living expenses. 

Benefits that are not affected by the uprating are:

  • Pensioner benefits
  • The support component of Employment Support Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Maternity allowance
  • Statutory sick pay
  • Statutory maternity/paternity pay
  • Statutory shared parental pay
  • Statutory adoption pay
  • Any disability, carers or pensioners elements of benefits, for example, the disability elements of Child and Working Tax Credit.