DWP Universal Credit Increase 2024 – Check Amount, Eligibility and Other Details!

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced that the tax credit rates and benefits will rise for FY 2024-25 due to inflation. Many people are wondering about the DWP universal credits increment for 2024. Read the article to learn about the increment in DWP universal credits and eligibility for the Universal credits.

DWP Universal Credit Increase 2024 

The UK Department for Work and Pensions provides Universal credits to citizens to help them cover their cost of living costs. It’s generally for people who are over 18 years old, looking for a job, chronically ill,  people who have caring responsibilities, and disabled people.

The government provides monthly financial assistance to such people to help them increase their purchasing power with the increase in inflation. 

On 6 March 2024, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced a hike in universal credits for the claimants of 2024. He has announced a 6.7% hike in inflation-linked benefits and credits in his recent announcement. 

According to the announcement, Universal credit claimants can expect an increment of 10.1% in their 2024 universal credits.

New Universal Credits for 2024 

The Universal Credits claimants receive the monthly payment from the DWP. The payment varies according to the following factors:

  • Your standard allowance
  • Your earring, if you are working.
  • The extra amounts applied to you, such as you are studying, you have a disability or health conditions, etc.
  • Any money is taken off your Universal credits payment. 

After the announcement, the Universal claimants can expect the following universal credits from April 2024:

Standard Allowance:

Your Status  Monthly standard allowance for 2024-2025
Single and aged under 25 £311.60 per month 
Single and aged 25 or over 25 £393.35 per month
Joint Claimants and both under 25 £489.23 for both
Joint Claimants and either of you are aged 15 or over 25 £617.60 per month 

Child Allowance, if you have children:

Child status Amount for 2024-2025
First child (born before 6 April 2017) £333.33
First child (born after 6 April or on 6 April 2017)/second child £287.92

For Child care costs:

Children Quantity Amount for 2024-2025
1 child £1014.63
2 or more  £1739.37
Non-dependent child housing cost contributions £91.47

Apart from these, we have work allowances and disability & health conditions benefits, the claimants can use the benefits calculator to calculate their amount.

DWP Universal Credit Increase

Who qualifies for the DWP Universal Credits 2024?

The citizens of the United Kingdom who have low income and need help with covering their cost of living are eligible for the DWP Universal credits. The citizens can claim the DWP Universal credits if they meet the following requirements:

  • You have been living in the UK.
  • You are aged 18 years or over 18 years old. There are some exceptions for people aged 16 to 17, such as:
  • You have a health condition or disability and you can provide the medical evidence for it.
  • You are responsible for caring for someone who gets health or disability-related credits or allowances from the UK government.
  • You have the responsibility of taking care of a child.
  • You do not have parental support or are not under the care of local authority care. 
  • You expect a baby in 11 weeks or give birth to a baby in the last 15 weeks. 
  • You come under the State Pension Age.
  • You have savings and investments of less than £16,000.

How to claim the DWP Universal credits?

The eligible UK citizen can apply for Universal credits online through the official website of the government. You just need to create your account on the website and make your claim.

Follow the steps to create your account:

  1. Go to the official website UK government https://www.gov.uk/
  2. Scroll down to the Services and Information section and click the Benefits section. 
  3. Click on the “Benefits and Financial Support if you’re looking for work” section on the page.
  4. Move towards the Benefits and Financial support and click on the Universal Credit. 
  5. Now, click on the “How to Claim” Section and scroll down to Apply Now. 
  6. Now create your account with the required credentials.

Make sure you claim within 28 days of creating your account otherwise, you have to make the account again.

The joint claimants need to create their separate accounts and link them together to claim the universal credits. Claimants who can claim online can claim the Universal credits via the phone by calling the helpline number 0800-328-5644 on Monday to Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM.

The Universal Credit claimants will receive their payments in April 2024, according to the changes announced by the UK government. So, make sure you have applied for the Universal credits if you are eligible and need help to cover your cost of living. 

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