Age UK – Changes to benefit rates

Benefit rates change every year, and it’s often hard for older people to keep track of how these changes will affect their pension, wellbeing, home, and working-age benefits.

To help your older constituents understand how these changes will affect them, we have produced an informative guide outlining the most notable changes this year. This includes information on:

  • Increases to the new and basic State Pension, as well as increases to Pension and Savings Credit. [RM1] 
  • Changes to entitlements for council tax support, housing benefit, winter fuel payment, cold weather payment and warm home discount.
  • Increases in Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, and Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Changes to benefits for working age constituents[RM2] 

 To help older people find out what benefits they’re potentially entitled to claim, we also have created a helpful benefits calculator which will provide an estimate for benefits or indicate if they are eligible. It covers England, Scotland, and Wales, and is free to use.