The benefits freeze was announced by the government in 2015, meaning many households have not seen an increase in working-age benefits they receive during this time – such as Universal Credit and Child Benefit. The benefits freeze is due to end as planned in April 2020.
The government has confirmed that it will mean payments will rise by 1.7 percent, in line with inflation.
This means that the monthly amount a person gets, which is based on their assessment period, will rise accordingly.
The changes will affect those on both the legacy benefits system, as well as Universal Credit.
According to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), around 2.5million people on Universal Credit will see their payments from the benefit rise, and the increases will benefit more than 10million people in total.
Child Benefit can be received if a person is responsible for bringing up a child who is either under the age of 16, or under 30 if they stay in approved eduction or training.
While only one person can get Child Benefit for a child, there’s no limit as to how many children a person can claim for.