DWP Universal Credit is changing, so you might get a one-time payment

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More than a million households across the UK will receive a bonus this month, thanks to changes made by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to universal credit.The change is now in effect, which means many will receive up to two weeks of extra money – and it doesn’t need to be paid back.

The Daily Record reports that the lump sum will go to people who switched to universal credit after receiving one of the six legacy benefits the scheme replaces.

The six inherited benefits are:

  • Child tax credit
  • Housing allowance
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Employment allowance and income support
  • Labor tax credit

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The change started on July 22 and the DWP says more than one million households are expected to benefit.

This means that now, if a person’s application for Income-Based Job Search Allowance, Employment Allowance and Income-Related Support (ESA), or Income Support ends due to her application for universal credit, she will receive a payment of a maximum value of two. weeks of their inheritance price.

The one-time payment is known as a “run-on” and is intended to help applicants adjust financially during their first assessment period.

The money will be paid automatically to applicants applying for universal credit for the first time.

Social Assistance Benefits Minister Will Quince said: “This one-time payment will provide additional support as applicants move from legacy benefits to universal credit.

“It doesn’t have to be refunded and won’t affect their UC reward, so it’s welcome extra money in your pockets. »

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