7:53 AM, 9th August 2021, About 2 years ago 1
Over the coming weeks, people claiming Universal Credit will receive notifications about a cut to their benefits this autumn.
As it stands, the government is set to cut benefits by £20 a week – equivalent to £1,040 a year – from 6 October. The exact date people will see the cut kick in will depend on the day they get their Universal Credit payment. For many, this means September will be the last month they see their benefits paid at existing levels.
If plans go ahead, the cut will hit nearly six million people on Universal Credit. More than a third (38%) of those who’ll see their income hit are already in employment, while one in six (16%) are under 25. The latest figures show roughly 1.9 million families with children will see their benefits cut.
Regions that will see the biggest proportion of residents hit by the cut are London and the North East.
While every Universal Credit claim will drop by around £85 a month, the proportion of income claimants will lose will vary depending on their circumstances. Single people under 25 are set to be hit by the biggest drop.
Monthly standard allowances will drop:
What support is available?
Everyone’s situation is different, so it’s important to seek independent help from somewhere like Citizens Advice.