Anticipated reduction to Universal Credit

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Posted on13 Aug 2021

To support struggling households through the coronavirus pandemic, a temporary £20 per week increase (or ‘uplift’) to Universal Credit payments was introduced by the Government in April 2020. However, the measure is due to end on 30 September 2021 meaning Universal Credit payments for many claimants will reduce thereafter.

The following figures represent the rates for the Universal Credit ‘standard allowance’ before and after the measure has been removed (please note that claimants may be entitled to additional elements of Universal Credit such as ‘housing costs’ so in reality their entitlement may be higher than the basic standard allowance):

Single claimants and aged under 25:

  • £344 per month from April 2021 to September 2021
  • £257.33 per month from October 2021 to March 2022

Single claimants aged 25 or over:

  • £411.51 per month from April 2021 to September 2021
  • £324.84 per month from October 2021 to March 2022

Joint claimants both under 25:

  • £490.60 per month (for both) from April 2021 to September 2021
  • £403.93 per month (for both) from October 2021 to March 2022

Joint claimants where one or both are 25 or over:

  • £596.58 per month (for both) from April 2021 to September 2021
  • £509.91 per month (for both) from October 2021 to March 2022

If you feel that you or someone you know may struggle financially following the anticipated reduction to Universal Credit, please contact our Money & Benefits Advice team on 0800 5870211 or at [email protected]. Our advisers can provide further details and support, including assistance with budgeting.

Financial assistance towards school uniform costs

Help towards school uniform costs for non-academy schools is now available to pupils who are entitled to free school meals starting in year 7 to 10 in the 2021/22 academic year.

Assistance is available through vouchers provided by the local authority. These vouchers can be redeemed through approved school uniform suppliers (contact the relevant school for details):

  • £100.00 for pupils starting year 7;
  • £50.00 for pupils starting years 8, 9, or 10

It is not necessary to apply to the scheme as the parents and/or carers of eligible pupils should have been identified and automatically issued with the vouchers in July 2021.

Pupils attending academy schools may also be entitled to financial assistance towards school uniform costs but they need to contact the relevant school for further information.

If no direct financial assistance is available from a pupil’s school or the local authority, help may still be available through a relevant grant or fund; an online grant search can be conducted on the Turn2us website.