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Universal Credit: Disability

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 33906, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of removing the uplift to the universal credit standard allowance on the financial security of disabled universal credit claimants.

Answered on

20 July 2021

No assessment has been made.

Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and we announced the temporary uplift as part of a £400 billion package of measures put in place that will last well beyond the end of the roadmap.

Universal Credit claimants with health conditions or disabilities who, following the outcome of a work capability assessment, are determined to have limited capability for work and work related activity – meaning they are not required to look for work or to prepare for work – are awarded an additional amount of benefit, currently £343.63 per month.

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