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date rate changes take effect

Benefit and tax credit rates change every April. You can use our year selector to choose whether you would like to calculate the amount you are entitled to in the new tax and benefit year (2021/22) or the year before (2020/21).

The exact date when changes take effect varies between different benefits. Dates for April 2021 are below.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

New rates and allowances for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support are timed to coincide with the new Council Tax year and the week in which many rents change. In 2021 new rates take effect on:

  • 1 April 2021 for Council Tax Support
  • 1 April 2021 for Housing Benefit when rent is paid monthly
  • 5 April 2021 for Housing Benefit when rent is paid on a weekly basis (or multiple of a week).

Other benefits

New rates and allowances for means-tested benefits (Universal Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Pension Credit) are increased (uprated) on the first Monday after 6 April (the start of the tax year). Rates also increase for the majority of other social security benefits on this date. 

In 2021 benefits rates increase on 12 April 2021

Tax and Tax Credits

The assessment year for both tax and tax credits runs from 6 April one year to April 5 the next year. This is known as a ‘tax year’. Rates are increased on the first day of the tax year, which is 6 April 2021.

If you are already claiming benefits or tax credits you will automatically be contacted about changes in rates when this affects your entitlement.

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