Prepared for the latest changes to Universal Credit?

Posted on: Thursday 30 September 2021
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In less than a week’s time, the £20 per week uplift for Universal Credit claimants, that was applied back in March 2020 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be removed.

Are you ready for this change?

To help you plan your finances from October 2021 without the £20 weekly uplift, we have detailed below how much your monthly payment may reduce by.

The standard allowance of Universal Credit per calendar month will change as follows under the following payment category scenarios:

  • 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.

If you're affected by the change, here's what you can do right now to help you prepare for it.

If you are unemployed:

  • Have you considered returning to work?
  • Do you know where to go for help?
  • Are your skills up to date or do they need a refresh?
  • Do you know what jobs are available in the local area?

If you are working:

  • Have you considered working more hours?
  • Will working more hours mean you have to pay for childcare?
  • Do you know where to go for help?
  • Have you considered a change in career that pays more?

You can get in touch with an experienced employment and skills advisor to start looking at ways to maximise your income.

Complete this form or call 01633 647647.

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