Universal Credit temporary uplift ends this September

First Published: 15/09/2021

Universal Credit temporary uplift ends this September

The UK government has announced that the Universal Credit temporary uplift, of £20 a week, will end from September 2021.  

The increase was introduced temporarily to help claimants during the coronavirus pandemic. However, over the upcoming weeks, people claiming Universal Credit will receive notifications about a cut to their standard allowance. 

The scheme officially ends on 30 September 2021, but the exact date will vary depending on the day claimants usually receive their Universal Credit payment.  

How will it affect me? 

The amount of standard allowance you will receive from Universal Credit will reduce by £86.67 per calendar month.  You will receive a monthly standard allowance of:

  • £257.33 if you are a single claimant, under the age of 25 
  • £324.84 if you are a single claimant aged 25+ 
  • £403.93 if you are a couple both under the age of 25 
  • £509.91 if you are in a couple where one, or both of you, are aged 25+

How can Johnnie Johnson Housing support me?

If you are a Johnnie Johnson Housing tenant and concerned about how the Universal Credit cuts will affect you and your finances, it is important that you seek financial advice.   

We understand that everyone’s situation is different so it’s important to seek independent help, so we often refer residents to Citizens Advice or the UK’s leading debt charity StepChange.