The Two Child Limit
It was previously announced that more severe rules were going to be introduced into the Universal Credit Regulations from February, however this will now NOT go ahead.
The harsher rules that were originally proposed were going to see that new Universal Credit claimants would have only 2 children included in their Universal Credit payments, regardless of when those children were born.
However it has since been announced that the Two Child Limit will not be applied to children born before April 2017. As of the 31st January 2019, families with 3 or more children will be able to make new claims for Universal Credit. If you are receiving Universal Credit, you will be able to receive an additional amount in the 'Child Element', for all children born before 6th April 2017.
To put it simply, Universal Credit will work the same as the rules of Tax Credits.
Click here for more information on the Two Child Limit.
Severe Disability Premium
Many people receiving the Severe Disability Premium saw a drop in their income when they made a new claim for Universal Credit. Following complaints and a successful challenge last year, this has been addressed in new regulations.
As of the 16th January 2019, anyone getting the Severe Disability Premium with their Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Housing Benefit assessment (or who has had it included in the previous month) will not have to make a new claim for Universal Credit.
If you are already on Universal Credit and you lost your Severe Disability Premium when you transferred across to it, the Department for Work and Pensions has said that you should get an ongoing payment as well as backdated payment to the date you moved onto Universal Credit.
Click here for more information on the Severe Disability Premium.
If you would like a referral to speak to our Financial Inclusion team, please speak to your Housing Officer or the Income Recovery team.