Posted on: Wednesday 6 October 2021
A temporary increase in Universal Credit introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end today.
The additional £20-a-week payment will not be included in this month's payment.
It means more than 7,000 people and low-income families in Torfaen who receive Universal Credit will see their payments return to pre-pandemic levels. For example:
- The 2021 payment for those who are single and under 25 - will reduce from £344 to £257.33
- The 2021 payment for those who are single and 25 and over - will reduce from £411.51 to £324.84
- The 2021 payment for 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)
- The 2021 payment for 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 may vary slightly when the reduction kicks in.
To help some of the most vulnerable residents affected by the end of the increase, Torfaen Council is increasing Discretionary Housing Payments by £4 a week until March 2023.
It will help around 700 local residents who need help towards their housing costs.
Council leader Anthony Hunt said: "We want to take action where we can to help those in Torfaen it will impact upon.
"We pledge to increase the level of Discretionary Housing Payments to the families impacted by this cut who are in receipt of ongoing payments by £4 per week, to help offset the impact of the cut in their income.
"It will also extend the money available in the scheme for new applicants."
If you need to apply for Discretionary Housing Payment click here, or download the Torfaen Council app. If you already receive a Discretionary Housing Payment, there is no need to reapply.
There is lots of information on our website about how to apply for other financial support, including Free School Meals and council tax reduction.
If you would like support in finding a job, or changing your jobs, our employability and Communities for Work teams can help.
You can find out more information by completing a referral form here.
For any queries or concerns you can contact our benefits team on email@example.com or telephone 01495 766430.