Universal Credit is designed to cover several living costs and additional payments can be awarded on top of the standard allowances. Currently, all eligible claimants will receive a minimum monthly payment which will range between £342.72 and £594.04.
The Universal Credit system is designed to encourage people into work where possible and as such, payments are lowered to more than a person earns from employment.
Generally, Universal Credit payments will reduce by 63p for every £1 earned from employment.
Because of these rules, payments can change from month to month but throughout 2020, the government has been forced to make several changes to the support in light of coronavirus.
Due to the pandemic, the need for seeking out employment has been reduced.
Additionally, payments themselves received an uplift of around £20 a week and while the government has been hesitant to make this boost permanent, the DWP has confirmed a welcome bonus will be provided for Christmas.
A spokesman from DWP confirmed to the Mirror that Christmas welfare bonuses will be paid out before the big day.
Typically, the bonus is paid to those on certain state benefits and while Universal Credit isn’t on the current list, the DWP appears to have made an exception for this year.
To receive the bonus, a claimant must be present or an “ordinarily resident” in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the qualifying week, which is the first week of December.
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Those who qualify will receive a one-off payment of £10 which will be awarded tax free and will not impact other benefit claims.
For those who do qualify, they will not need to manually claim the bonus.
Eligible recipients should get the bonus automatically and it should arrive by Christmas Eve.
If a person does not get the bonus but feels they should have, they will need to contact a Jobcentre Plus office or pension centre.
To be eligible for Universal Credit in the first instance, a person will need to:
- Be on a low income or out of work entirely
- Be aged between 18 and state pension age
- Have less than £16,000 in savings
- Be living in the UK
Published at Fri, 20 Nov 2020 21:04:51 +0000