Universal Credit weekly £20 uplift is coming to an end - are you ready?

 

18 August 2021

Image: 2 people using a calculator and working out their universal creditThe Universal Credit £20-a-week uplift which was put in place in response to coronavirus in March 2020 will expire at the end of September, the Government has confirmed.

The Depart for Work and Pensions (DWP) said Wednesday 6th October will be the first date monthly assessment periods will be impacted. You may start to notice a reduction in payments by 13th October. You’ll get a notification on your journal about this so please do check. 

What will my monthly UC payments be? 

  • For people who are single and under 25 - will reduce from £344 to £257.33
  • For people who are single and 25 and over - will reduce from £411.51 to £324.84 
  • A couple who are both under 25 - will reduce from £490.60 to £403.93 (that is a total not an amount for each person)
  • A couple who are both 25 and over - will reduce from £596.58 to £509.91 (that is a total not an amount for each person)

Amounts could vary slightly when the reduction kicks in. You need to be aware and begin to plan your budget to help with the income drop.
 

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