UK news DWP announces five Universal Credit changes that could affect you last minute news


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- The changes will affect families in both a good and bad way

UK news DWP announces five Universal Credit changes that could affect you last minute news


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- The changes will affect families in both a good and bad way

UK news DWP announces five Universal Credit changes that could affect you last minute news
22 November 2022 - 11:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Families claiming Universal Credit are facing a raft of changes that have been announced in last week's autumn statement. The Government listed a number of measures designed to help balance the country's books. Most if not everyone will be affected by the measures announced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. However, the 5.8 million households who receive Universal Credit are possibly one of the most-affected groups, reports ChronicleLive. There are both good and bad things just around the corner for those who are eligible for the benefit. Here is a rundown of how the announcements might affect you. Read more: DWP issues important update for anyone getting £324 cost of living payment 1. Universal Credit will rise in line with 10.1 per cent inflation After weeks of speculation, the Government finally confirmed that Universal Credit will rise in line with inflation (10.1 per cent) from April 2023. Claimants have been increasingly worried that their benefits could see a real-term cut, with Number 10 refusing to commit to a rise in line with inflation after Boris Johnson previously promised that he would do so when was Prime Minister earlier this year. This will mean up to £52 extra in the pockets of Universal Credit claimants each month, depending on their age and living arrangements. Joint claimants - two people who live together where at least one is aged 25 or over - currently receive £525.72 per month which will rise to £578.29 April. 2. The benefits cap is rising too by 10.1% The benefits cap will also rise with inflation from April 2023, going up from £384.

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.45 a week for couples and single parents and £257.69 a week to £283.72 if you’re a single adult. The cap, which was introduced in 2013, is a limit to the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive, even if their full entitlement would otherwise be higher. 3. More cost of living payments are on the way If you claim Universal Credit, you'll be one of the groups who will likely receive £900 extra cost of living payments to help with energy bills. Details have not yet been confirmed, such as when the money will start to be paid out, and the qualifying date for when you need to be claiming benefits. There is also £300 on the way for pensioner households and £150 for those on disability benefits. Over seven million payments of £324 have been made this month made to low-income families through the Government’s current cost of living support, including those claiming Universal Credit. 4. Managed migration to Universal Credit pushed back If you claim income-related Employment and Support Allowance, the "managed migration" to Universal Credit is being pushed back to 2028 from the planned date of 2024. The switchover of legacy benefits to Universal Credit started in 2019 but was paused during the Covid pandemic, then started up this summer. However, claimants if other legacy benefits will still be moved over by the end of 2024. This includes: Working Tax Credit Child Tax Credit Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Income Support Housing Benefit 5. More people will have to meet a work coach More than 600,000 people on Universal Credit will soon be forced to meet with a work coach. The change affects people who claim Universal Credit but work 15 to 35 hours a week at minimum wage. The phased rollout starts in September 2023 and the aim is to encourage people into better-paid work, with sanctions likely if they fail to cooperate. An extra £280 million is also being invested to root out benefit fraud and error over the next two years. Read next: DWP: Certain benefits to rise in line with inflation from April of next year DWP: Pensioners could receive around £182 extra per week by applying for Pension Credit DWP: Six benefits that will be replaced with Universal Credit by the end of 2024 DWP PIP payments of £150 a week available if you have specific skin or eye problems Universal Credit claimants set to miss out on DWP Christmas bonus

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