By Daniel Hunter

Most working age benefits have gone up by one percent from yesterday (Monday), while key disability and carers benefits will increase by inflation.

Pensioner support will rise by 2.5% thanks to the triple lock, and the basic state pension is now the highest share of earnings in 20 years.

"In a tough economic climate we have struck a fair balance between giving more help to benefit claimants and continuing to manage down the deficit," Minister for Pensions Steve Webb said.

"The one percent increase means claimants will still have more cash in their pocket and we’ve protected pensioner benefits and key disability benefits."

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