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Fifty years of benefit uprating

The history of benefit uprating since 1972, and the impact of using the September 2021 inflation rate in the uprating decision for April 2022.

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Key points

  • 2022 had the greatest fall in the value of the basic rate of unemployment benefits since the start of annual uprating in 1972, fifty years ago.
  • In eight of the ten April upratings between 2013 and 2022, the basic rate of unemployment benefits has lost value.


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