Universal Credit claimants to receive boost worth £1,000 a year from today

It is thought the changes will mean, for example, a single mother of two renting in Darlington and working full-time on the National Living wage will have an annual increase of £1,200 in her take-home pay.

A couple with two children who are renting their home where one partner works full time at the National Living wage, with the other working 16 hours a week on the same will be better off by £1,800 per year.

Therese Coffey, Work and Pensions Secretary, added: “Tens of thousands of the lowest earners will see a boost to their bank accounts today following changes to Universal Credit, meaning that people can keep more of what they earn to help with the cost of living.

“We introduced this change earlier than planned which will see up to 500,000 more households benefitting before Christmas.”

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