From April 2021, the standard allowances for Universal Credit will increase as follows:
- Single and under 25 – from £256.05 now to £257.33 in 2021 to 2022
- Single and 25 or over – from £323.22 now to £324.84 in 2021 to 2022
- Joint claims where both are under 25 – from £401.92 now to £403.93 in 2021 to 2022
- Joint claims where one or both are 25 or over – from £507.37 now to £509.91 in 2021 to 2022
Universal Credit payments will have additional amounts added to them for differing circumstances, chief among them involving children.
Chlid and childcare costs elements
This involves merely having children, whereby claimants whose first child was born prior to April 6 2017 will see their rates rise from £281.25 now to £282.50 come April.
Claimants with children born on or after April 6 2017 will see their rates increase from £235.83 to £237.08.
Those who receive additional payments for disabled children will see their payments increase by either the:
- Lower rate addition – £128.25 now to £128.89 in 2021 to 2022
- Higher rate addition – £400.29 now to £402.41 in 2021 to 2022
It is also possible to recieve additional payments for childcare costs but these amounts will not be changing for the coming year.
Those reciving extra payments for non-dependants’ housing costs will see their amounts rise to £75.53 from £75.15.
Some Universal Credit claimants may also receive additional income if they’ve had their lives affected by a disability in some way and the rates here will also be changing from next year.