Guidance

Universal Credit work allowances

Information about changes to the Universal Credit work allowances from April 2016.

Documents

Universal Credit: how earnings affect what you get

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Welsh: Sut mae’ch enillion yn effeithio ar faint a gewch

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Details

This guide includes:

  • information on who is eligible for a work allowance from April 2016
  • the amounts of the work allowances
  • why the work allowances are changing
  • what the changes mean to Universal Credit claimants

Existing Universal Credit claimants who are affected by the changes to the work allowances received a letter from DWP in March 2016 explaining what the changes mean and information about the help and support available.

Read further information about Universal Credit.

Published 8 March 2016
Last updated 3 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about unreimbursed work expenses.
  2. Updated information about Universal Credit taper rates.
  3. Changed the work allowance rates for the new financial year from £192 to £198 and from £397 to £409.
  4. First published.