Thousands of benefit claimants moving to Universal Credit are set to receive up to 2 weeks of additional cash to provide them with extra support.
From Wednesday (22nd July), if someone’s existing claim of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income Support ends due to them applying for Universal Credit they will receive a payment worth up to 2 weeks of their legacy award.
This one-time payment, known as a run-on, is to help people during their first assessment period, and does not have to be paid back.
It will be paid automatically to eligible claimants when they claim Universal Credit for the first time, so they don’t have to contact the Department for Work and Pensions to receive it. It will not affect the amount of Universal Credit they receive.
Minister for Welfare Delivery Will Quince said:
“This one-off payment will provide additional support as claimants move from legacy benefits to Universal Credit. It doesn’t have to be paid back and won’t affect their UC award, so is welcome extra cash in pockets.”
Run-on payments will include other premiums that claimants have been receiving prior to moving over to Universal Credit, including Enhanced Disability Premium, carer premium or ESA work-related activity component.
Universal Credit, which is available in every jobcentre across the UK, simplifies the benefit system and replaces six previous legacy benefits with a single monthly payment. With Universal Credit, people are moving into work faster and staying in work for longer than they were on previous benefits.
As well as financial help, Universal Credit provides claimants with tailored employment support and referrals to specialist support services including those for improving skills and personal budgeting.
For further information on Universal Credit go to www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk.