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Universal Credit rules have changed – three ways to check what you can get

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This ended in October 2021. According to the Resolution Foundation think tank, 4.4 million households have seen their incomes fall by £1000 a year as a result of the uplift being cut.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed a 3.1 percent increase to Universal Credit which will come into effect from April 11, 2022.

This equates to a rise of around £2.50 per week for a single person aged 25 and over.

People can use a benefits calculator, made available by the Government, to help work out what they’re entitled to.

This allows them to determine what benefits they are eligible for and how to claim.

The benefits calculator also provides information on how a person’s benefits will be affected once they start work.

It replaces the Benefits Adviser service and is completely free to use.

People can use Policy in Practice calculator for information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit.

In a similar fashion, the entitledto calculator offers information on income-related benefits, tax credits, contribution-based benefits, council tax reduction, Carer’s Allowance and Universal Credit.

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Turn2us also provides a benefits calculator with the same function as the above two.

People need to have information on their savings, income, existing benefits and pensions, financial outgoings and council tax bills at hand when using the service.

The benefits calculators are not available for use by anyone under the age of 18.

They are also unsuitable for prisoners, students, non-British citizens, Irish citizens, those living outside of the UK or anyone who is living permanently in residential care or a nursing home.

With Universal Credit, there is a Work Allowance – the amount a person can earn before the taper rate kicks in.

Those eligible for Work Allowance must either have responsibility for a child or a limited capability for work.

The taper rate sets the amount of benefits a claimant loses for each pound they earn.

The previous taper rate was 63 percent. This meant that for every pound a person earnt, they lost 63p in benefits.

Changes to the taper rate, announced as part of Rishi Sunak’s October 2021
Budget, now means that for every £1 someone earns, their benefit payments subsequently reduce by 55p.

This is automatically deducted from a person’s Universal Credit payments.

Notably, the taper rate had not been changed for five years prior to this.



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