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. This means that there are 2 rates for the UC standard allowance during 2021/22. The higher rates with the temporary increase apply April to September, and from October to March the lower rates apply.

For 2021/22, the Chancellor announced further changes in the October 2021 Budget. The work allowances are increased from £515 to £557 and £293 to £335, respectively, and the taper rate reduced from 63% to 55%. Both these changes take effect from 24 November 2021 (for a claimant who is entitled to UC on 24 November 2021, the changes have effect for any assessment period that ends on or after that date).

The 2021/22 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 26 November 2021