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Autumn Budget 2021: Universal Credit cash boost confirmed for millions of workers but £20 uplift won't return

The taper rate, which is the amount Universal Credit payments are reduced by when you're in work, will fall from 63% to 55%.

27 October 2021

Campaigners call for action to fix 'absurd' universal credit flaws stopping vulnerable people getting help managing benefits

Campaigners have called on the Government to fix "absurd flaws" with the benefits system that prevent vulnerable people from getting help from family and friends to manage their Universal Credit accounts. Without this help, campaigners warn claimants ultimately risk losing their benefits.

26 May 2021

Budget 2021: Universal credit £20/week uplift to continue for a further six months

Universal credit claimants will continue to get a £20/week uplift to their payments for a further six months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed in his Budget 2021 today.

3 March 2021

Martin Lewis: 'Big cut in universal credit for many self-employed coming on 13 November – contact your MP if hit'

MSE founder Martin Lewis has warned of the "sinkhole" waiting for many self-employed people in November, when the planned return of the universal credit "minimum income floor" rule could slash payments, as they'll be assumed to have more income than they do

27 October 2020

New pension credit rules could cost some with younger partners £7,000 a year

Pensioners who live in a couple will only be able to make a new claim for pension credit when both partners are over the state pension age, under new rules to come into effect in May

15 January 2019

Budget 2018: What you need to know, incl changes to tax, benefits, Premium Bonds & more

Read our full round-up of the Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Budget

30 October 2018

Budget 2018: Universal credit work allowance increased

Universal credit work allowances are to increase by £1,000 a year for working families and those with disabilities, meaning an extra £630 a year in their pockets, the Chancellor revealed today.

29 October 2018

Fifth of universal credit claimants still paid late

A fifth of universal credit claimants are still receiving their first payment late, a new report reveals

15 June 2018

Autumn Budget 2017: Universal credit to be paid out earlier

Universal credit claimants will no longer have to wait six weeks before receiving their first payout

22 November 2017

Universal credit helpline charges to be scrapped

Charges of up to 55p a minute for calls to a universal credit helpline are to be scrapped

18 October 2017