People across the UK could be entitled to more than £900 extra a year as state pension and a range of other DWP benefits increase from Monday (April 8).

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt confirmed that the triple lock on pensions would be honoured during last year's autumn statement.

Under the triple lock – which guarantees an increase in line with average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is highest - pensions will increase by 8.5 per cent.

The Chancellor, during his autumn statement, said: "The triple lock has helped lift 250,000 older people out of poverty since its inception in 2011.

"It has been a lifeline for many during times of inflation.

"We honour our commitment to the triple lock in full. We will increase the new state pension by 8.5 per cent, worth up to £900 more a year."

State pension and other DWP benefits to increase from Monday - see how much your entitled to

State Pension

From Monday people receiving the state pension will get a 8.5% increase worth an extra £900 a year.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Mel Stride, said: “Thanks to the triple lock and our efforts to drive down inflation, we are putting money back in the pockets of pensioners.

"This is only possible because we have stuck to our plan and our economy has turned a corner.

“This will make a meaningful difference to all those who rely on the state pension and ensure we continue to provide a safety net for those who need it most while making work pay wherever possible.”

Universal Credit

Universal credit claimants will also receive a 6.7% increase, a rise which extends to other benefits

These other benefits include:

  • The personal independence payment
  • Disability living allowance
  • Employment and support allowance

You can find out more about universal credit, who is eligible and how much you can claim via the Government website.


Other DWP benefit increases

Among its other measures to help pensioners, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pointed to last year’s 10.1% state pension raise, which it claimed was the highest cash increase in history, plus winter support worth nearly £5 billion.

The full state pension rate for last year was £10,600 and will rise to £11,500 a year.

Ministers also pointed to the 2p cut to national insurance announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt at the Budget among measures to help households struggling with living costs.

For more information on any of the UK's benefit schemes visit the website.