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.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • What benefits are affected by the freeze.
  • Benefits that are not affected by uprating.

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.
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