Universal Credit (UC) is changing from October 2021. In April 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government brought in a UC temporary uplift of £20 per week. This uplift increased the standard allowance of UC by £86.67 every month.
This increase was only ever meant to be temporary and was brought in as extra support for claimants during the peak of the pandemic. The additional amount you receive is due to stop in October 2021. So the amount of UC you receive will be reduced by £86.67 per month.
This change is something that will impact everyone who is claiming UC and we don’t want our tenants to worry you as we are here to help.
Over 500 RHA tenants receive UC, some only claiming after April 2020 and may not be aware this was a temporary increase in the money received. Look at your Universal Credit payment statements, as you will see that the amount you are receiving is marked as ‘temporary’.
The table below shows how the standard allowances for Universal Credit and how this will impact you: