Social Security Benefits: Uprating

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 8 July (HL16599), what would (1) the weekly rates of Child Benefit, and (2) the monthly rates of Universal Credit standard allowances and child elements have been, if they had been raised in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

If the weekly rates of child benefit had been uprated with CPI the rates would have been:

Amount in 2019/20 if they had been uprated with CPI

First Child Rate

22.05

Subsequent Child Rate

14.60

If the monthly rates for the Universal Credit standard allowance and child element had been uprated with CPI from 2016/17 to 2019/20 the rates would have been:

Amount in 2019/20 if they had been uprated with CPI

Single under 25

268.21

Single 25 and over

338.57

Joint claimants both under 25

420.99

Joint claimants one or both over 25

531.46

Child amount (standard amount)

246.79

More information on benefit uprating can be found at: https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8458/CBP-8458.pdf

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