As the cost-of-living crisis grips much of the country, including rising energy bills, some of the changes will result in claimants benefiting from benefit payments.
However, others will find that they must meet additional requirements to continue receiving their benefits.
Here are the changes universal credit take place before the end of the year.
That Management Income Threshold will be changed on September 26th.
That AET decides which group you’re placed in, and this then affects how many requirements you need to meet in order to keep your achievements.
Currently the rate is £355 per month or £567 per month if you are a joint claimant.
However, this will be increased to £494 per month or £782 for joint applicants from 26 September.
If you earn more than these rates per month, you don’t have to look for a job and have less contact with the job center.
However, if your income is below this rate, you will be placed on “intensive job search” and given a number of hours that you are expected to participate in job search activities each week.
How many hours that is depends on your individual life situation, taking care obligations and health conditions into account.
Living Expense Payments
The Government made the first payment of £325 to Universal Credit applicants in July.
It was also paid to pensioners and beneficiaries of legacy assets.
A second lump sum of £325 will be paid sometime in the autumn, bringing total contributions to £650.
The Government also announced that households across England, Scotland and Wales will receive £400 to help with rising energy bills this winter.
The money, which is part of the Energy Bill Support Scheme announced in May this year, will flow to about 29 million homes in six installments over six months.
Households will not receive a one-off payment, instead they will have £66 deducted from their energy bills in October and November and £67 between December and March, the Government said.
Universal Credit beneficiaries and those receiving other benefits will receive a welcome cash boost this Christmas to help with the ongoing cost of living crisis.
As energy bills soar, those eligible will receive a £10 cash boost from the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP).
Although it is a relatively small amount, it does not have to be repaid and will not affect other benefits you may receive.
The Christmas bonus is paid out automatically so no claim is required and payment is received before Christmas.
Longer working hours
New rules require Universal Credit applicants to work longer hours or attend meetings with “work coaches” to continue receiving payments.
According to the current system, anyone who receives benefits and works at least nine hours does not have to appear at the job center on a regular basis.
But that will soon rise to 12 hours, according to comments by former Works and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey in June.
Managed Migration is the process of moving people from six “legacy” benefits to Universal Credit.
The plans to switch people to Universal Credit will affect people claiming six types of assistance.
- child allowance
- housing benefit
- social care
- Earned Unemployment Assistance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Labor Tax Credit
Some people may be better off switching to Universal Credit and may choose to switch.
Some people can also be relocated as their circumstances change. For example, if they move to a new address or work hours change.
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