End of Universal Credit weekly £20 uplift – support is available
The Universal Credit £20-a-week uplift, which was put in place in response to coronavirus in March 2020, has now expired. The uplift was added to a claimant’s standard allowance, which is paid at different amounts for single people or couples depending on age.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed Wednesday 6 October would be the first date monthly assessment periods will be impacted. With payments likely to reduce on or after the 12 October.
We have listed the changes to Universal Credit below to help you plan your finances without the £20 weekly uplift.
How much will your Universal Credit reduce by
The standard allowance of Universal Credit each month will change as follows:
If you are single and under 25, it will reduce from £344 to £257.33
If you are single and 25 and over, it will reduce from £411.51 to £324.84
If you are a couple who are both under 25, it will reduce from £490.60 to £403.93 (that is a total, not an amount for each person)
If you are a couple who are both 25 and over, it will reduce from £596.58 to £509.91 (that is a total, not an amount for each person).
You need to be aware and begin to budget accordingly.
Here to support you
Paying your rent on time must be your priority. We have lots of different ways to pay to help take the stress out of managing your money.
We are committed to supporting you should you face financial difficulties. We always encourage you to tell us straight away if you are experiencing problems paying your rent as there is a range of help available from us.
Our specialist teams are here to support you and provide specialist advice on claiming benefits, maximising income and budget advice.
Get in touch with us on 03333 204555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via live chat available on our website between 8 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, visit: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/universal-credit/