MILLIONS of hard-up Brits on Universal Credit and benefits will see payments rise from today. It’s the second year in a row welfare payments have increased after a six year benefit freeze . The increase was confirmed after the consumer prices index (CPI) level of inflation remained low at 0.5% for September last year. Universal Credit claimants will also continue to benefit from a £20 a week uplift , which was introduced last year as a temporary measure to get hard-up Brits through the coronavirus crisis. Here, we explain everything you need to know about how the rise affects your benefit payments: 1. Universal Credit Universal Credit will rise from today inline with September 2020’s rate of inflation , which was 0.5%. Claimants will also continue to benefit from a £20 a week coronavirus uplift , which has been extended until September, after which payments will then significantly drop from October. What to do if you have problems claiming Universal Credit IF you’re experiencing trouble applying for your Universal Credit, or the payments just don’t cover costs, here are your options: Apply for an advance – Claimants are able to get some cash within five days rather than waiting weeks… Read full this story
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