Full list of benefits rising in 2023, from universal credit to retirement

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You could get more money next year if you get certain benefits (Picture: Getty)

From April next year, millions of people will see their benefits increase in line with the 10.1% inflation rate.

This increase in payments in 2023 will impact people who receive benefits such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Carer’s Allowance, and Housing Benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance.

If you’re wondering if your benefit will increase, here’s the full list – and how much the allowances are, according to the government.

The full list of benefits, increasing in 2023

attendance fee

This benefit is provided to people who have reached statutory retirement age and are physically or mentally disabled to help with the additional costs.

The lowest rate is set to rise from £61.85 for 2022/23 to £68.10 for 2023/24to increase at the higher rate from £92.40 to £101.75. These are weekly rates.

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survivor’s pension

There are different types of death benefits to which people whose spouse (husband, wife or domestic partner) has died may be entitled.

The survivor’s benefit is not intended to increase and will remain at a lump sum of £2,500 at the standard rate (or £100 per month) or £3,500 at the higher rate (or £350 per month).

However, what is increasing is the widow’s parent’s allowance, which applies to deaths before April 6, 2017 and certain eligibility requirements such as receiving child support. It is currently not normally possible to apply for it.

That should increase from £126.35 to £139.10 per week.

need of care

Care allowance is a benefit granted to a person who cares for another person for at least 35 hours per week.

The weekly price is £69.70 and in April 2023 it will be rise to £76.75.

It affects the benefits you and the person you care for will receive. So if you’re not getting it yet but think you might be entitled to it, read the Government’s Care Allowance page here.

Disabled Life Support

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit for disabled people, unfortunately it is being replaced.

Only those born on or before April 8, 1948 will receive it going forward, while those born after will be removed from DLA and claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.

However, for those who receive it, there are two parts (a care component and a mobility component) and different rates for each, all of which will increase as follows from April 2023:

  • care component, highest – from £92.40 to £101.75
  • care component, Mid – from £61.85 to £68.10
  • care componentlowest – from £24.45 to £26.90.
  • mobility component, higher – from £64.50 to £71
  • mobility componentlower – from £24.45 to £26.90.

For more information on any changes, see gov.uk’s DLA page.

Employment and Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a payment for people who are unable to work due to a medical condition or disability.

There are many different personal allowances for this depending on your age and circumstances which you can check on gov.uk but some examples of increasing rates are:

  • Individual under 25 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Individual, over 25 – from £77 to £84.80
  • Single parent under 18 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Single parent, over 18 – from £77 to £84.80
  • Couples, both under 18 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Couple, both over 18 – from £121.05 to £133.30.

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Many benefits will increase by a few pounds from April 2023 in line with inflation (Picture: Getty)

housing benefit

Housing benefit can help people pay rent, be unemployed, have low income, or receive other benefits.

It should go up in April 2023. There is Prices for different circumstances but some examples of the increases are below:

  • Individual under 25 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Individual aged 25 or over – from £77 to £84.80
  • If you’re eligible for ESA in the main stage – from £77 to £84.80
  • Single parent under 18 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Single parent aged 18 or over – from £77 to £84.80
  • Single parent eligible for ESA in main stage – from £77 to £84.80
  • Couple, both under 18 – from £92.20 to £101.50
  • Couple, one or both aged 18 or over – from £121.05 to £133.30.

social care

This benefit helps with living expenses for people who have little or no income.

Now replaced by Universal Credit, people will no longer be able to apply for this benefit, but if they are already on income support they will also see an increase in their payments.

Some of the climbs include:

  • Individual under 25 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Individual, over 25 – from £77 to £84.80
  • Single parent under 18 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Single parent, over 18 – from £77 to £84.80
  • Couples, both under 18 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Couple, both over 18 – from £121.05 to £133.30.

Depending on the circumstances, you can see different social assistance rates and how they have changed here.

unemployment benefit

Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) can be claimed if you are unemployed and looking for work.

The government website lists two types of JSA, referred to as contribution-based JSA and income-based JSA.

For both, the tariffs/personal allowances generally change as follows:

  • Someone under 25 – from £61.05 to £67.20
  • Someone over 25 – from £77 to £84.80.

For earnings-related JSA, rates (or whether you’re eligible for a premium) vary quite a bit depending on whether you qualify as a “single parent,” have children, are part of a couple or larger family, are retired, or have a disability .

So it’s worth checking the full list of JSA changes here to find out what increases you might be heading towards.

pension credit

Pension Credit is a benefit for those of state pension age (check your age using this calculator) who are on low incomes, although it is separate from the state pension itself.

  • Individual – from £182.60 to £201.05
  • Pair – from £278.70 to £306.85.

Here, too, different amounts are available depending on the individual situation, which you can view here.

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Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) replaces the previously mentioned DLA.

It is intended for people who suffer from a long-term physical or mental health condition that makes it difficult to carry out everyday tasks or to get around – and it is given in two parts.

People may be eligible for one or both of the “everyday component” (for those struggling with daily tasks) and the “mobility component” (for those who need help getting around).

Both payments are scheduled to increase in April 2023 at the following weekly rates:

  • Daily life component, increased tariff – from £92.40 to £101.75
  • Daily Living Component, Standard Rate – from £61.85 to £68.10
  • Mobility Component, Premium Fare – from £64.50 to £71
  • Mobility component, regular fare – from £24.45 to £26.90.

State Pension

The state pension that people receive when they reach a certain age if they have contributed to Social Security for at least 10 years throughout their career is also set to increase.

The so-called New State Pension will receive full rates for 2023/24 (from April). Increase to £203.85 weekly from £185.15.

Because there is also an old state pension, rates may vary for those who reached state pension age on April 6, 2016.

There are also different permissions for both depending on a variety of factors. Check the new fares on gov.uk here.

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State pension rates to rise for 2023/24, it has been announced (Image: Getty)

universal credit

Universal Credit (UC) is a monthly payment to support living expenses for low-income people who cannot work or are currently looking for work.

Here’s what the default allowances will look like when the changes go into effect next year:

  • Individual under 25 – from £262.51 to £292.11
  • Individual aged 25 or over – from £334.91 to £368.74
  • Couple, joint claimants under 25 – from £416.45 to £458.51
  • Couples, joint applicants, where one or both are aged 25 or over – from £525.72 to £578.82.

There are also different amounts if you have children, a disabled child with reduced ability to work and other factors. You can see how these amounts change from April here.


Power increase for the year 2023/24 from April

  • attendance fee
  • Survivor’s benefit (parental benefit for widowed parents)
  • need of care
  • Disabled Housing Allowance (DLA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • housing benefit
  • disability benefit
  • unemployment benefit
  • Disability pension for accidents at work
  • Permanent Care Allowance
  • social care
  • Unemployment Benefit (JSA)
  • maternity allowance
  • pension credit
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • severe disability allowance
  • State Pension
  • universal credit.

For more information on planned increases due in April 2023 see the gov.uk guide to benefit and pension rates.

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