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antcantc Member Posts: 27 Connected
edited April 2020 in Universal Credit
hi.. i currently get £73.10 a week off employment support allowance and £1 a month off universal credit but with the corona virus and the new £80 a Month universal credit being given for the next year due to the hard times the virus is causing will i get extra universal credit other than the £1 i get now? if its going up £80 a Month for the next year will that mean i get £81 universal credit if that makes sense.. thanks
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2020
    Hi,

    The increases for the standard allowance are as follows. These include the April yearly increase. When you will receive the extra money will depend on your assessment period but it most likely won't be until at least May.

    £342.72 for a single claimant under 25.
    £409.89 for a single claimant over 25.
    £488.59 for joint claimants under 25.
    £594.04 for joint claimants over 25.

    ESA will also be increased to £74.35 per week from 8th April.

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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    The additional £20 a week UC should start to be paid around 12th May which is five weeks from 6th April.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • antcantc Member Posts: 27 Connected
    ok thanks for reply
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    Hi @antc and @woodbine.
    Legislation changed on Friday to say the new UC rates would take effect from the first assessment period ending on or after 6th April. This means many people will see the increase sooner, with those whose payments are due on the 13th April onwards will see the increase in that award.
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  • Leigh14Leigh14 Member Posts: 104 Courageous
    I hope this isn’t a daft question, but the extra money, due to Coronavirus, will we have to pay it back? I keep thinking that at the end of the year, we’re going to be told it was an advance. 
  • antcantc Member Posts: 27 Connected
    i doubt it would be classed has an advance 
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Hi my next payment is due May 5th can someone tell me if the £80 increase has come into force yet as when I spoke to my work coach last week they said they hadn't had nothing from thr government yet 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    Hi @Leigh14. No, it won't be considered an advance. It's a temporary increase which they've said will last a year. You won't have to pay it back. 
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    Hello @Welshlad90. The increase is for all assessment periods that finish on or after the 6th April 2020. So you should receive it in your next payment on 5th May.
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  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Apart from the £20 a month increase how much is the normal increase for a couples claim I'm over 25 and my partner is under 25 also is the housing element going up 
  • antcantc Member Posts: 27 Connected
    will i i sti get the extra universal credit if im im on new style esa but still get £1.05p universal credit? do i get the extra £20 a week
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    The housing element is going up for those that are private renting @Welshlad90 as the LHA amount is going up for most people. 
    The new standard element rate for a couple over 25 is £507.37 but with the Covid-19 addition it's £594.04.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    Hi @antc, yes you should see the increase too. Your UC standard allowance element will increase, so although you'll still have deductions for your ESA, your UC before deductions will be higher. Meaning you'll receive more from UC. 
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  • antcantc Member Posts: 27 Connected
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    The housing element is going up for those that are private renting @Welshlad90 as the LHA amount is going up for most people. 
    The new standard element rate for a couple over 25 is £507.37 but with the Covid-19 addition it's £594.04.
    I private rent and get 320 housing element at the moment so will mine go up
  • Leigh14Leigh14 Member Posts: 104 Courageous
    Hi @Leigh14. No, it won't be considered an advance. It's a temporary increase which they've said will last a year. You won't have to pay it back. 
    Thankyou Adrian. I just had a horrible feeling about it. 
    Stay safe and well
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Can someone tell me with the housing element going up me and my partner currently get £320 a month housing element as we private rent. Will ours increase
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,942

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    Hi @Welshlad90
    This is a link to the LHA rates, they’re different in every area.
    If you put your postcode and bedroom allowance in it’ll tell you how much you should now get towards your rent. 
    https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/
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  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    I still don't get it when I checked it says I'm entitled to £79.17 a week but my property is a 2 bedroom. So by looks mine will stay at £320 a month 

    Adrian_Scope said:
    Hi @Welshlad90
    This is a link to the LHA rates, they’re different in every area.
    If you put your postcode and bedroom allowance in it’ll tell you how much you should now get towards your rent. 
    https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/

  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Hi

    So can someone please clarify.... 

    Me and my partner currently get £498 standard rate I also get lcwra plus we get £320 housing allowance

    Can someone please confirm our new rates

    Also our assessment period ends 30th April so will we get our new rate on next pay date (May 5th)
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,775 Disability Gamechanger
    Any increases are effective from 6 th April however the additional £20 per week UC won't be paid until 12th May in most cases (6th April + 5 weeks)
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    woodbine said:
    Any increases are effective from 6 th April however the additional £20 per week UC won't be paid until 12th May in most cases (6th April + 5 weeks)
    How come? Thought it took effect from 6th April 
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Can someone please clarify
  • phoeiblaze1phoeiblaze1 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Welshlad90 said:
    Can someone please clarify
    I just saw my payment due on the 19 of this month...it includes the increase
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    Welshlad90 said:
    Can someone please clarify
    I just saw my payment due on the 19 of this month...it includes the increase
    What the £20 a week increase? 
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    So ive seen ic is due to go up again this month for certain people. Want to know if im getting limited capability for work will i be eligable for this increase
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    So ive seen ic is due to go up again this month for certain people. Want to know if im getting limited capability for work will i be eligable for this increase

    What you've read isn't all that it seems i'm afraid. It's to do with those that previously claimed the old legacy benefits such as Income related ESA/JSA and Income support, that included a severe disability premium (SDP) and were forced to moved across to UC.  Lots of people have already received backdated money that they were owed.

    For the SDP you would have needed to be claiming a disability benefit such as PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care, live alone and no one claimed carers allowance for looking after you. If you're claiming the New style ESA then the SDP would not have been included in this.

    Hope this helps explain it a little more.
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  • Welshlad90Welshlad90 Member Posts: 84 Connected
    So why does it state on there that those who have been determined for lcw and already receive the extra money on their uc willl get a extra £120.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2020
    Because it's all about the severe disability premium and those that were forced to claim Universal Credit.

    More information here in this link. Scroll to the bottom to "previous SDP recipients already on universal Credit.

    From the 8th October it will be converted to transitional support protection instead of a seperate payment. Unfortunately, if you weren't previously claiming the SDP then this doesn't apply to you.

    If it was a newspaper you read this then it's as it always is with the people..... they only ever print part of the story.

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