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

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.


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