Universal Credit uplift ends today

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Wednesday 6 October 2021

Tags: covid, helpline, universal credit, counting the costs

Today sees the end of the Universal Credit Covid uplift, as the government cuts the £20 addition to weekly Universal Credit payments.

The government introduced the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift as a response to the Covid pandemic and argues that it was always a temporary measure.

But alongside other charities and campaigners, Contact thinks that the cut to an already-low benefit will cause huge damage to families struggling with a situation that is still ongoing. 100,000 families with disabled children moving onto Universal Credit already face losing more than £1,800 a year as a result of the 50% cut to the child disability payment.

Join our Counting the Costs campaign and add your voice to calls for a fairer Covid recovery for carers.

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You can find out more about Universal Credit by visiting our webpage. If you’re worried you’ll be affected by this particular issues, get in touch with our specialist helpline.

You can also visit our other benefits pages, including our benefits calculator to see what welfare payments you might be entitled to. We also have advice on other sources of financial support for your family and an online grants search.

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