Benefits changes

If you need advice on planning your finances you can contact the Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau (external link) or the London Capital Credit Union.


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

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.

Universal Credit

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.

2021 rates will be available on GOV.UK (external link) in the coming weeks.

Working Tax Credit

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.

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Local Housing Allowance Rates in Haringey

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.

These changes do not apply to Council Tax support.

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Pension Credit age changes for couples

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 stop getting Pension Credit and Housing Benefit
If you or your partner are under pension age and you stop getting Pension Credit and Housing Benefit you have to apply for Universal Credit.

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

If you or your partner are or reach pension age you will qualify for pensioner Council Tax Reduction even if your Pension Credit and Housing Benefit stop.

Further information

You can find out more about the changes to Pension Credit on GOV.UK (external link).

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State Pension age dates

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 birthState pension age

Table of pension age dates

6 October 1954 - 5 April 196066
6 April 1960 - 5 March 196166 to 67
6 March 1961 - 5 April 197767
6 April 1977 - 5 April 197867 to 68
On or after 6 April 197868

  Check the date you reach your state pension age - GOV.UK (external link).

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Page last updated:

8 March 2021