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In today’s budget, George Osborne announced a four year freeze in working age benefits from April 2016.

HMRC have produced a list of the benefits which will be frozen and those that wont.

Benefits which will be frozen are:

  • Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (but not the support group component)
  • Income Support
  • Child Benefit
  • applicable amounts for Housing Benefit
  • Local Housing Allowance rates, with provision for high rent areas.
  • Child tax credit and working tax credit (excluding disability elements)

Benefits which will not be frozen are:

  • Maternity Allowance
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Statutory Paternity Pay
  • Statutory Shared Parental Pay
  • Statutory Adoption Pay
  • disability, carers and pensioners’ premiums in the frozen benefits
  • the Employment and Support Allowance Support Group component
  • disability elements of tax credits
  • other disability, carer and pensioner benefits, which will continue to be uprated in relation to prices or earnings as applicable.


+2 #5 JAXIE 2015-07-23 09:04
I am still stunned that this self satisfying government got in with a majority. Then, got a payrise! and has decided to let the unemployed pay for it.
The next 4 years are going to be a nightmare for some people. This government will not be happy, until we have a private healthcare system and have sold off what is left of this country's assets. The masses are easier to control when they are all underfoot.
#4 Gans 2015-07-11 10:50
Good morning, Friends-

I hope that you are well. There are two questions that I am looking for, yet have not seen the answers so far. We know of the Benefit Cap was lowered to £23,000 in London, and £20,000 elsewhere.

Is London considered within London itself, or does this extend beyond to the areas that are just as expensive?

When the £26,000 Cap was set the DWP they had a separate Cap for single Claimants. Has the DWP set a cap for Single Claimants? Thank you for your time and support. I hope that these difficult times end soon.g
#3 Del Kavanagh 2015-07-10 00:52
under the heading benefits which will not be frozen is the following:-

disability, carers and pensioners’ premiums in the frozen benefits.

what does it mean are these in the frozen benefits, or NOT.

Am I being obtuse...You might see why I have trouble with forms.
#2 canttrusthesystem 2015-07-09 16:01
Pretty terrible for most claimants, I'd say! And for disability benefits - look at ESA (WRAG), along with their reduction to JSA rates (for new ESA (WRAG) claimants. What are they doing to people's lives?
+1 #1 Paul Richards 2015-07-08 15:09
Hi all,
At the moment it does not look too bad (unless you are on a low wage with a family - (i.e re Tax Credits - which could be devastating for the family income))
As far as disability benefits - so far, nothing really seems to have changed.
Be prepared perhaps for a sting in the tail in October when they are due to announce further measures (from what we have heard so far)

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