Benefit Changes in 2021
The following sections briefly outline changes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have confirmed for 2021.
- Working age benefits
- Local Housing Allowance Rates
- Pension Credit age changes for couples
- State Pension age dates
DWP benefits for people of working age increase from April 2021. The main ones are:
- Income Support
- Jobseeker's Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (and the Work-related and Support components)
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit
Other working age DWP benefits including disability-related benefits and the carer's allowance also increase.
The temporary COVID-19 increase in Universal Credit will continue from April 2021 for a further six months.
Although Universal Credit rates increase from April 2021 the amount you get will go down at the end of the six month period.
Working Tax Credit rates increase from April 2021 but the amount you get will be lower.
This is because the temporary COVID-19 increase that applied in 2020 ends in April 2021.
Due to the end of this increase, people who are eligible will automatically get a one-off payment of £500.
There are no increases to Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in Haringey from April 2021.
This is because the rates set in April 2020 included a COVID-19 increase.
The rates are available on our LHA Rates page.
Since 15 May 2019 most couples can only get Pension Credit when the younger member of the couple reaches pension age.
If you get Pension Credit
If you have been getting Pension Credit continuously since 14 May 2019 you will continue to get it unless you have a break in your award.
If you get Housing Benefit
If have been getting Housing Benefit continuously since 14 May 2019 you can get Pension Credit unless you have a break in your Housing Benefit.
If you are single and get Pension Credit
If you are single and start living with a partner who has not reached pension age your Pension Credit will stop and you will have to apply for Universal Credit.
If you stop getting Pension Credit your Housing Benefit is also likely to end.
If you get Council Tax Reduction
You will qualify for pensioner Council Tax Reduction even if your Pension Credit and Housing Benefit stop as long as you or your partner are or reach pension age and neither of you get:
- Income Support, or
- income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, or
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
- Universal Credit
State pension age is increasing for men and women born after 5 December 1953.
The age increased from 65 to 66 for people born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954.
The state pension age for people born after 5 October 1954 is shown in the table below.
|Date of birth||State pension age|
|6 October 1954 - 5 April 1960||66|
|6 April 1960 - 5 March 1961||66 to 67|
|6 March 1961 - 5 April 1977||67|
|6 April 1977 - 5 April 1978||67 to 68|
|On or after 6 April 1978||68|