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Coronavirus - Extra £20 a week is Ending

Coronavirus – Extra £20 a week is Ending

NOTE: The £20 per week uplift is being phased out from September 2021.

 

From 6th April 2020, the Universal Credit Standard Allowance and the basic element of Working Tax Credit increased by £20 a week (or £1040 per annum) for a 12 month period.

In the March 2021 Budget it was announced that this would be extended for Universal Credit for 6 months, from 6th April 2021 to the end of September 2021 and that the Working Tax Credit uplift was replaced by a one-off payment of £500.

Universal Credit claimants have now been notified that the extra £20 per week uplift will end this Autumn as planned. It has been confirmed that the end date is 6th October 2021.

Individual claimant’s final payment dates for Universal Credit will vary dependent on their benefit assessment period. Regulations state that the higher Standard Allowance is included in any monthly assessment periods that end before 6th October 2021, meaning that any that end from this date will not have the extra £20 per week.

So if a benefit assessment period  ends on 5th October it should include the higher amount, but if it ends on 6th October, the standard allowance would be back to the usual rates.

Unfortunately there is no right of appeal against this.

If any Govan Housing Association tenants are struggling financially as a result of these changes, please contact our Money Advice service on the Association’s main number – 0141 440 0308 or alternatively you can email the team directly at financial.inclusion@govanha.org.uk