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Government announces suspension of benefit reviews and reassessments and increase to Working Tax Credits payments

Friday 27th March 2020

The government has announced that reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.

This temporary measure effective from Tuesday 24 March, is being taken to reassure vulnerable people about the continuity of their benefits during the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure the Department's resources are focused on enabling access to financial support for new claimants. It follows a previous announcement to suspend all face-to-face assessments in order to safeguard potentially vulnerable claimants.  

Increased Working Tax Credits payments from 6 April 2020

As part of a number of measures to support the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased by £1,045 to £3,040 per year from 6 April 2020 until 5 April 2021.

The amount a claimant or household will benefit from will depend on their circumstances, including their level of household income. But the increase could mean up to an extra £20 each week.

If you claim Working Tax Credits, you don't have to take any action or contactHMRC- the increase in your payments will start from 6 April 2020.

You can find out more at gov.uk.