help thanks to above inflation increases to their benefit entitlement
that come into effect this month.
of£5 over the rate of inflation. In addition, the premium will
again increase by a further£5 over the rate of inflation from
These measures alone will mean that disabled children and their
families will be better off by more than£17 per week over the
rate of inflation over three years.
New mothers and pensioners also get extra help with above inflation
increases to their benefits:
New mothers - the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay and
Maternity Allowance has gone up to£75.00 a week, rising to£100 a
week in April 2003 - an increase of 80 per cent since 1997.
Pensioners - the basic state pension rose by£3 for single
pensioners and£4.80 for couples, with further guaranteed rises of at
least£100 a year in the future.
Commenting on the benefit uprating, work and pensions decretary
Alistair Darling said:
'We are committed to ensuring that the right support is given to
people according to their needs.
'The extra money available from this month is proof of that
commitment to target help where it is most needed.'
1. Most contributory and non-contributory benefits will rise by the
RPI increase of 1.7%. Most Income-related benefits (IRBs) will rise
by the ROSSI index increase of 1.7% - the ROSSI index is based on RPI
less housing costs. The increases are taken from the September 2001
RPI and ROSSI index which was published in October 2001.
2. The IRBs are Income Support (IS), Jobseeker's Allowance Income
Based (JSA(IB)), Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB).
3. The increase in the Disabled Child Premium will be mirrored by
the same increases in the Working Families' Tax Credit and the
Disabled Persons' Tax Credit. These increases will be carried forward
into the new Child Tax Credit when it is introduced.
4. The increases to benefit entitlement were first announced in the
Pre Budget Report, November 2001 and came into effect from Monday 08
April 2002. A full list of the new benefit rates can be found
here(Notes to Editors 3).