Millions of people across the UK claiming disability benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are set for a bumper payment boost next year following the Autumn Statement. People in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Adult Disability Payment (ADP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Child Disability Payment could receive regular payments every four weeks of between £107.80 and £691.20, from next year.
At present, claimants can receive between £97.80 and £627.60 every payment period.
This means a monthly increase of up to £63.60 is on the way for some of the UK’s most vulnerable households.
Taking into account the 10.1 percent rate rise, PIP claimants will receive a sizable boost come April of next year.
If they get the maximum amount, claimants can expect payments to rise from £156.90 a week to £172.75 a week from April 2023, according to reports. This represents a rise of £15.85 a week.
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Organisations, such as Disability Rights UK, have questioned whether this latest wave of support will be enough to assist disabled people, many of whom claim PIP.
The organisation’s CEO Kamran Mallick explained: “The Government is committing to investment in public services and to increase social care and education funding.
“But it’s not clear that those increases will do anything other than leaving us running to stand still.
“We do not think they will be anywhere near enough to benefit the huge numbers of Disabled children and adults currently being denied services.”
For those expecting Universal Credit, PIP and Child Benefit payments, it’s also worth noting that this Christmas sees a number of Bank Holidays, too.
Christmas Eve this year falls on a Saturday, Christmas Day on a Sunday, with Boxing Day on a Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday, December 27 acting as the Christmas Day Bank Holiday.
There’s also a Bank Holiday Monday to make up for New Year’s Day this year falling on a Sunday.
According to the Government’s website, anyone who usually receives their Universal Credit payment on those dates will get their money on the Friday before Christmas Day which this year is December 23.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said he is committed to supporting “vulnerable people” during his recent Autumn Statement.