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Coronavirus update

Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit

The Government has announced that the £20 weekly uplift to universal credit, which was due to expire at the end of March 2021, will be extended for six months. The working tax credit uplift will be replaced by a one-off payment. These amounts are on top of the usual annual uprating of benefits and apply to all new and existing claimants.

The Government has also announced that:

  • the higher universal credit surplus earnings threshold of £2,500 for universal credit claimants will be maintained for a further year until April 2022, when it will revert to £300;
  • the suspension of the universal credit minimum income floor for self-employed claimants will continue until the end of July 2021 and, while it will be gradually reintroduced from August 2021, DWP work coaches will be given discretion to not apply it on an individual basis where they assess that a claimant’s earnings continue to be affected by Covid-19 restrictions;
  • from April 2021, the period over which universal credit advances will be recovered will increase to 24 months, while the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from a universal credit award will reduce from 30 per cent to 25 per cent of the standard allowance, bringing forward measures that were previously due to be implemented from October 2021;
  • working tax credit claimants across the UK who have been furloughed, or experienced a temporary reduction in their working hours as a result of Covid-19, will continue to be treated as working their normal hours for the duration of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

How we can help:

We help make sure people get the welfare benefits they are entitled to. They include some of the most vulnerable members of society who are fearful and desperate after losing their only source of income.

We provide specialist advice, assistance and representation on all aspects of welfare benefits law to residents of Tower Hamlets, including:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
  • Universal Credit

We offer help with appeals, and representation at first and second tier tribunals, but we can’t help with form-filling.

Appointments:

Contact us by phone or email to see if we can help you and make an appointment.

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