Universal Credit (UC) Changes

November 29th 2017

In response to the recent adverse publicity, the Government has agreed to various changes that are intended to ease the financial hardship for new claimants. They include:

  • Households in need, who qualify for UC will be able to access a month’s worth of support within 5 days. This will be funded by an interest-free loan that can be repaid over a 12-month period.
  • Claimants will be eligible for UC from the day they apply, the present 7-day rule will be scrapped.
  • Low-income households affected by areas with higher rent increases will receive an extra £280 on average to meet these higher costs.