Benefit changes

Changes to working tax credit and to child benefit, and the recovery of benefit overpayments to be paused

The Government has announced that Working Tax Credits payments will be increased from 6th April 2020.

As part of a number of measures introduced, the basic element of Working Tax Credit has been increased and could mean up to an extra £20 each week.

There are also changes to Child Benefit up from £20.70 to £21.05 per week for the eldest or only child. The amount for each additional child will now be £13.95.  You can make a new claim for Child Benefit here.

These increases came into effect on the 6th April 2020, but individual payment dates will vary depending on your circumstances.

You don’t have to take any action and you will receive any increased payments automatically.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department for Work and Pensions has temporarily paused the recovery of benefit overpayments, for three months. The change means many claimants will see an increase in the amount of money they receive in benefits during the outbreak.

To make a claim for Tax Credits, Paperweight suggests using the Government’s Tax Credits calculator here.

If you need support to understand how the changes impact on your own circumstances and for guidance on Tax Credits or on Universal Credit, then please contact Paperweight on 020 8455 4996 or e-mail