Universal Credit – a payment which is replacing six benefits known as legacy benefits – is made up of a standard allowance as well as any additional amounts that apply to the claimant. These can be available if the person has children, has a disability or health condition which prevents them from paying their rent, or need help paying their rent.
This meant that the payment increased by 1.7 percent, in line with inflation.
However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, further rises to the payment have been implemented.
Ahead of the UK lockdown, on March 20, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a number of emergency measures, while speaking at a daily Downing Street press briefing.
Among them, Mr Sunak announced an increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance, for the next 12 months.
This is by £1,000 a year, which works out at around £83 a month extra for the next year.
While delivering his speech, he said: “I cannot promise you that no one will face hardship…