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 (2019/20) or the previous year (2018/19).
The exact date when changes take effect varies between different benefits. Dates for April 2019 are below.
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 2019 new rates take effect on 1 April 2019 for Council Tax Support and Housing Benefit, including cases where rent is paid monthly, weekly or multiples of a week.
New rates and allowances for means-tested benefits (Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit and Universal 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 2019 benefits rates increase on 8 April 2019.
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 2019.
If you are already claiming benefits or tax credits you will automatically be contacted about changes in rates when this affects your entitlement.