From October 2021, the standard weekly Universal Credit (UC) amount will reduce by £20 per week, for anyone who currently receives this benefit. This means many recipients could lose a significant amount of their personal income.

If you receive Tax Credit, you could also see a reduction in income, amounting to £500 for a 6-month period too, which is the equivalent to the £20 per week UC reduction.

UC is swiftly becoming the most claimed type of welfare benefit in the UK. It’s a complex benefit – combining housing costs, disability related costs, child-related costs and personal living costs – and is paid according to you and your household’s circumstances.

You can find out more about UC Gov.uk, which gives helpful information, including advice on making a new claim, and managing an existing claim.

How we can support you to deal with the changes to UC

Our Income team can provide advice about your rent payments, assist you with UC claims and help you access to the support you need. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please contact them via income@chg.org.uk

If you need additional help our Wellbeing team can support you to receive the right help for you, including:

  • Managing your budget and assessing how you can save money on household bills
  • Claiming the correct benefits to maximise your income
  • Accessing emergency support for food or utilities
  • Signposting you to local support and wellbeing services
  • Developing your digital skills
  • Improving your skills and training to help you find the right job for you.

Find out more about how our Wellbeing team can help you.