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New Benefits Rates for Carers – Information from Social Welfare Training

Neil Arnott at Social Welfare Training has sent through their latest poster (download at the bottom of the page) and details of the latest changes to benefits.

  • State Retirement Pension is being uprated by 2.7% in line with the government’s “triple lock” commitment.
  • the Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit will be increased to give an equivalent to the cash increase in basic State Pension. The Savings Credit maximum is being reduced.
  • premiums paid to disabled people receiving working-age benefits, and to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the Support Group, will be uprated by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) at 2.7%.
  • working-age benefits (main rates) including main elements of Universal Credit and HB personal allowances will be uprated by 1%.
  • The Carers Allowance earnings threshold(above which Carers Allowance is not payable) is increased from £100 to £102.
  • The following stay the same as last year- the Benefit Cap levels ,  childcare costs rates and the capital rules.  
  • Housing Benefit non dependent deductions have been increased by a large amount over the last 3 years and are increased again this year.   

                                                                                                                                                              2013/14  2014/15                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

Deductions                                                                                                              

 

 

Non-dependant deductions

 

 

Aged under 25 and on IS or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component  

Nil

Nil

Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work

13.60

14.15

In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)

13.60

14.15

In receipt of Pension Credit

Nil

Nil

Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work

 

 

- gross income less than £128:

13.60

14.15

- gross income not less than £128.00 but less than £188.00

31.25

32.45

- gross income not less than £188.00 but less than £245.00

42.90

44.55

- gross income not less than £245.00 but less than £326.00

70.20

72.95

- gross income not less than £326.00 but less than £406.00

79.95

83.05

- gross income not less than £406.00

87.75

91.15

For more details of this and for information about Social Welfare  click here Social Welfare Training 2014-15 A4 poster web version

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