Universal Credit, job seeker's allowance and other benefits will increase today, a move that will benefit millions.

The government first announced the changes last April, which will affect about 2.5 million people on Universal Credit and millions more on legacy benefits.

The increase will be based on September's inflation figures of 1.7%, reports Mirror Online.

Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: "We're clear the best way for people to improve their lives is through work but we know some people require additional support."

Since the changes were announced coronavirus has struck.

Benefits will increase after a five year freeze

That's seen even more added to the new payments - with a £20 a week boost coming on top of the planned changes for the next 12 months - with the housing allowance also rising on top.

Universal Credit is one of the benefits rising, along with legacy benefits for working age people.

These include job seeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, income support, housing benefit, child tax credits, working tax credits and child benefit.

The move is set to benefit millions

Pensions, maternity pay and disability benefits will also rise - in some cases by far more than 1.7% - and were never included in the freeze.

Working age benefits will be rising by 1.7%.

The increase means someone on £500 a month in benefits will get an extra £8.50.

For people on Universal Credit - which wraps six older benefits together - the overall rise could be worth more.

For example, a couple a London borough could see their benefits rise by as much as £32.57 a month if they are on the maximum benefit.

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However, people claiming the state pension will see their payments leap at more than double the speed of those on working age benefits.

The state pension is set to rise 3.9% in April - adding £5.05 a week to the ‘old basic state pension and £6.60 a week to the ‘new’ state pension.

As well as the planned-for rise in Universal Credit - there have been extra measures brought in to help people struggling as a result of coronavirus that kick in on April 6.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the move would "benefit 4million of our most vulnerable households".

First, the "standard allowance" be raised by £20 a week for the next 12 months.

The new rates kick in on April 6 - seeing the standard allowance for a single claimant increased from £409.89 a month, while the limit for a couple goes up to £527.37.

Working Tax Credit will be raised by the same amount.

At present, the basic amount is up to £1,960 a year. Additional elements paid on top include up to £810 for those working at least 30 hours a week, up to £2,010 a year for single parents and couples and up to £3.165 for disabled people.

The basic element will increase by £20 per week on top of the inflation uprating. This will apply to existing Working Tax Credit claimants and will be in place for one year.

Perhaps a bigger change is in the housing element of universal credit - which is being increased 30th percentile of market rents.

What that means in practice it that they are now including more expensive homes when deciding what to set as the limit for how much they pay private renters.

Martin Lewis worked out that in some boroughs it means you can get more than £1,500 a month included in the housing element of your universal credit.

The Minimum Income Floor will also be temporarily relaxed for the duration of the outbreak.

That was the policy where people claiming for Universal Credit who earnt less than the floor saw their payments capped at what they used to take home - not what they would otherwise be entitled to - and were expected to find other work to make up the difference.

This now been scrapped until further notice.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the move would "benefit 4million of our most vulnerable households".