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30 May 2019

News about benefit changes

There have been some significant changes to benefits recently which may affect some of our tenants.

Universal Credit Work Allowance increases

As from 6 April 2019 the Universal Credit Work Allowance has increased by £1,000 a year.

The Universal Credit Work Allowance is the amount people can earn before their Universal Credit payment is reduced. The increase to the allowance means that many working families will be better off every month.

The Government says that about 2.4million households will get to keep an extra £630 each year.

The work allowance has two different rates depending on whether you also get help with your housing costs.

Under the old rules, the lower work allowance for people claiming housing benefit was £198. That's risen to £287 meaning that you can earn an extra £89 a month before payments are reduced.

For families claiming the higher allowance - meaning they don't claim housing benefit - that allowance has risen from £409 to £503. As a result you can earn £94 more a month before benefits are cut.

The work allowance applies to those with dependent children or those with limited capability for work.

Find out more on the website (link opens in new window).

Changes to benefits for mixed aged couples

From 15 May 2019, mixed age couples (where one party of the couple is over Pension Credit qualifying age and the other under that age) will no longer be able to choose whether they claim Universal Credit or Pension Credit or pension age Housing Benefit.

Both parties of a couple will have to reach the Pension Credit qualifying age before they can be entitled to Pension Credit and/or pension age Housing Benefit.