Universal Credit: DWP confirms £1,000 benefits cut

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A coronavirus increase given to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits claimants during the pandemic is set to come to an end in April 2021 – but there’s now a glimmer of hope it will not go ahead.

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed it is reviewing a amajor change to Universal Credit that would cut millions of people’s benefitsby over £1,000.

Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits claimants were warned they face an “income shock” when their payments are slashed next year. As the coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK, the Government announced a special increase in April to help people during the crisis.

This is £1,040 a year on top of the standard allowance for Universal Credit – equivalent to just under £90 a month in the usual monthly payment. A similar coronavirus boost was given to those on Working Tax Credits, with the…

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