Benefits, pensions, tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance rates from April
New benefits and tax credit rates apply from 6 April, see below. Many other changes happening as part of welfare reform Northern Ireland and UK-wide changes. More information in our welfare reform news and information pages. Anyone with any concerns should contact the Welfare Changes Helpline 0808 802 0020.
For tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance, see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/tax-and-tax-credit-rates-and-thresholds-for-2017-18/tax-and-tax-credit-rates-and-thresholds-for-2017-18#working-and-child-tax-credits-child-benefit-and-guardians-allowance
For other benefits and pensions rates, no Northern Ireland chart available yet, but see the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 for details of changes in force in Northern Ireland from April 2017, and check GB rates charts, which are largely similar. Differences include Universal Credit which will only be introduced to Northern Ireland in the Autumn, and welfare reform mitigation payments which apply in Northern Ireland.
Also in force from April 2017, the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017:
- prevent any rate that is changed by the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017 from applying in cases where there is a question about its effect on a benefit that is already in payment that is still to be determined;
- restrict the application of the increases specified in the 2017 Order in cases where the beneficiary is not ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland; and
- increases by 1% the amount of benefit that a person must be left with if they live in a care home and, because they find it difficult to budget for their care fees, the care home costs are paid direct from their benefit to the person or body charging for care.
Again, anyone with any concerns should contact the Welfare Changes Helpline 0808 802 0020. See: www.lawcentreni.org/casework/welfare-changes-helpline.html