Universal Credit: Budget changes to taper rate will only help a third of households in need

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Changes to the universal credit allowances and taper rate will only help a third of households which have been relying on the axed emergency uplift of £20-a-week.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced he was changing the taper rate and Work Allowance, resulting in higher welfare payments for in-work claimants.

He said the previous taper, brought in under his Conservative predecessors, was “a tax on work” and pledged to do more to support families.

But Treasury documents reveal the new measures will only help 1.9million households – around a third of the 5.5 to 6 million estimated to have been claiming universal credit in recent months.

Changes to the work allowance will apply to people living with a dependant and both exemptions will only benefit people in work.

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There are concerns that millions of adults living without children or currently out of work will have no – or limited – additional support, despite a looming cost of living crisis.

The Government has been under pressure to alleviate the financial strain on those relying on universal credit after it ended the emergency uplift of £20-a-week.

The extra payment, introduced during the pandemic, was cut at the end of September – despite calls for it to remain in place from MPs across the house.

Morgan Wild, Head of Policy at Citizens Advice, said: “Today’s welcome announcement will ensure working people on Universal Credit can keep more of their hard-earned cash.

“But it doesn’t cushion the blow of the £20-a-week cut for those still looking for work or the 1.7 million unable to work because of disability, health issues or caring responsibilities.

“Given the cost of living crisis, the government must ensure every family is able to access the support they need this winter.”

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) estimated that 5.5m families would suffer because of the end of the uplift. Citizens Advice has put the number at close to 6 million.

The most recent Department for Work and Pensions statistics state 5m households relied on universal credit in England, Wales and Scotland as of May 2021.

Mr Sunak bowed to pressure from some of his own Tory backbenchers and confirmed he would be changing the taper rate to allow claimants to keep a higher proportion of their welfare payments whilst also working.

The taper withdraws support as people work longer hours at a rate of 63p for evert extra £1 someone earns.

Mr Sunak announced he was reducing this from 63 to 55 per cent – allowing someone to keep 8p in every pound earned.

Mr Sunak also increased the Work Allowances – the amount of money someone can earn before the taper comes in – by £500 .

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