Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 5th November 2018.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, at what level work allowances are planned to be set at from April 2019 as a result of the change to work allowances announced in Budget 2018 for (a) lone parents (i) with and (ii) without housing costs, (b) couples with children (A) with and (B) without housing costs, (c) single people without children (1) with and (2) without housing costs, (d) couples without children people (i) with and (ii) without housing costs and (e) people with limited capability for work (A) with and (B) without housing costs.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Currently, if a single claimant (or either claimant in a couple) has responsibility for a child or qualifying young person, or has limited capability for work, they will receive a work allowance of £198 per month for those with housing costs and £409 per month for those without housing costs.

As announced at the Autumn Budget 2018 we will put an extra £1.7bn a year into work allowances, increasing them by £1,000 a year, resulting in 2.4m families keeping substantially more of their earnings before the earnings taper applies.

The proposed benefit and pension rates for 2019/20 including the new Universal Credit work allowance rates will be announced to Parliament via a written ministerial statement later this month and will be subject to Parliamentary approval.

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