Universal credit: Rates

The rates for elements of Universal Credit are subject to annual uprating.

As part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the standard allowance in UC was temporarily increased by approximately £20 per week.

For 2021/22, the temporary increase was carried forward for 6 months so for that year there were 2 rates for the UC standard allowance during 2021/22 (the higher rates, with the temporary increase applied April to September and from October to March, the lower rates applied).

For 2021/22, the Chancellor also announced further changes in the October 2021 Budget. The work allowances were each increased and the taper rate reduced from 63% to 55%. Both these changes took effect from 24 November 2021.

The 2022/23 rates for UC are published on the GOV.UK website.

You can find rates for the current year and back to 2013-2014 in our rates pdf

Last reviewed/updated 24 May 2022