The Government has confirmed the new benefit rates for 2012-2013. The annual up-rating of benefits will affect State Pensions and most other benefits from the week beginning 9 April 2012.
The standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from £128.73 to £135.45 per week from 1 April 2012.
Statutory sick pay will increase from £81.60 to £85.85 per week from 6 April 2012. The National Insurance lower earnings limit will increase from £102 to £107, and the basic state pension will increase from £102.15 to £107.45.