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Did you know that your current Universal Credit allowance is only temporary?

27 May 2021

Money Advice | Universal Credit |

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In April 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Universal Credit temporary uplift of £20 per week was brought in by the Government. This increases the Standard Allowance of Universal Credit by around £86.67 every month.

If you’re currently claiming Universal Credit, you should be aware that this amount is temporary. The additional amount had been due to stop at the end of March 2021, however, the Government has extended the £20 per week uplift until the end of September 2021. After this date, if nothing changes, the personal allowance for all Universal Credit claimants will drop.

The below table shows how much the Universal Credit awards will reduce by:

Your circumstances Current monthly allowance (from April 2020) Reduced monthly allowance (after September 2021) Monthly reduction
Single and under 25 £344.00 £257.33 £86.67
Single and 25 or over £411.51 £324.84 £86.67
In a couple and both under 25 £490.60 per couple £403.93 per couple £86.67
In a couple and either of you is 25 or over £596.58 per couple £509.91 per couple £86.67

 

We don’t want to scare or worry anyone, but we want you to know that this is something that may impact you. We know that there are many people who receive Universal Credit who may not know that this uplift is temporary. If you are someone who has only claimed Universal Credit for the first time since April 2020, you may not even know that the money you receive contains the temporary increase.

This is why we need your help!

We are working with other landlords across Wales to gather evidence. We want you to tell us what it would mean if the additional £20 per week Universal Credit increase was taken away and how this would affect you. We have put together a short survey which will take no more than 1-2 minutes to answer.

We will be gathering responses over the next few weeks and then using this information to try and get the Government to make the £20 per week uplift permanent. We will also be sending this survey out via text and e-mail to our tenants who we know receive Universal Credit.

Whilst we don’t know what the Government will decide to do in September when the uplift is due to end, we do know that your responses can help us to support you and share your views with Government.

Please take a moment to tell us if and how the end of the £20 per week personal allowance increase would impact you by completing the short survey by 25th June 2021, below:

If you require any additional support surrounding your Universal Credit or finances, please get in touch with our Money Advice Team who are available to help, here.