Universal Credit helps millions of Britons with their living costs each year, bringing together the various benefits into one payment. You may be able to get Universal Credit if you are on a low income, out of work or you cannot work.
Universal Credit replaces the following benefits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
The payments can increase, and already there has been two boosts earlier this year.
This affected people who need Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit or Pension Credit.
These claimants were affected if they were also receiving a top-up allowance called Severe Disability Premium (SDP).
Justin Tomlinson, minister of state at the DWP, confirmed the payment change to MPs last week.
He said: “On July 22, 2019, we laid legislation to provide additional financial support for former SDP recipients who had moved to Universal Credit on account of a change of circumstances.
“The UC (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 provide for the conversion of these transitional payments into transitional elements.
“This means that payments will be made through the UC system rather than manually, and all transitional protection will be subject to the same rules.
“I will be signing a determination setting the conversion day to 8 October 2020.
“This is when the UC system will have capacity to convert SDP transitional payments to transitional element.”
Who will get the boost?
Those eligible and the amounts are
£120 a month where the Universal Credit claimant has been confirmed as having limited capability for work and already receives an additional amount in their UC award because of their health condition.
£120 a month for joint claimants who were receiving the lowest couple rate SDP and are receiving the limited capability for work-related activity (LCWRA) part of Universal Credit
£285 a month for claimants not in the Universal Credit limited capability for work-related activity (LCWRA) group (roughly the equivalent of the lower rate SDP at £65.85 a week)
£285 a month for joint claimants who were being paid the lower couple rate SDP and are not receiving the LCWRA component in Universal Credit
£405 a month for joint claimants who were getting the higher couple rate SDP in their existing benefits