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‘What is Universal Credit?’
  Work Allowance Rates


These are the amounts of earnings that can be ignored for Universal Credit purposes.

They are MONTHLY figures.

Whatever figure fits you, if you earn no more than that amount your Universal Credit is not reduced. If you do earn more, you lose 65% of any excess.

So if you are a single parent and rent your home, your work allowance is £192. If you earn £312 per month, only £120 is taken into account. 65% of £120 is £78, so your monthly Universal Credit is reduced by this figure.

icon-key1.jpg There have been big changes to these allowances from April 2016. The range of allowances has been simplified, but many of the allowances have shrunk drastically: Because I'm so annoyed about this (it removes one of the key advantages of Universal Credit) I've displayed the information in two tables: the first shows what the allowances from April 2016 onwards, and the second compares them with the old (2015) figures to illustrate how severe these cuts have been.


You are...


You have no rent and no mortgage to pay
You have to pay either rent or a mortgage
Single and you have no children
and you are fit for work £0
£0
Single and you DO have children
or you are NOT fit for work (or both)
£397
£192
A couple
and you have no children
and you are fit for work
£0
£0
A couple
and you DO have no children or you are NOT fit for work (or both)
£397
£192

And now the current figures compared with the old ones...

You are...


You have no rent and no mortgage to pay
You have to pay either rent or a mortgage
Single and you have no children
and you are fit for work £0 (was £111)
£0 (was £111)
Single and you have no children
and you are NOT fit for work
£397 (was £647)
£192 (unchanged)
Single and you DO have children
fit OR unfit for work
£397 (was £734)
£192 (was £263)
A couple
and you have no children
and you are fit for work
£0 (was £111)
£0 (was £111)
A couple
and you have no children and you are NOT fit for work
£397 (was £647)
£192 (unchanged)
A couple and you DO have children
and you are fit for work
£397 (was £536)
£192 (was £222)
A couple
and you DO have children
and you are NOT fit for work
£397 (was £647)
£192 (unchanged)




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