Fill in the survey: How will changes to Universal Credit affect you?

The government is planning two changes to Universal Credit that will affect how much money current claimants receive: the reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed claimants (from August) and the ending of the £20 uplift (end of September). 

Equity is lobbying to stop the government from implementing these plans and taking money away from those at risk of falling below the poverty line. To do this, we need your input –​ by filling in the survey below, you will be helping us to show how changes to Universal Credit will affect our members and why these changes must be stopped. ​

Complete the survey

You can access more welfare advice on the Equity website and we have updated our briefing on the MIF which you can find here.

Changes to Universal Credit – how will they affect you?

​The government is planning two changes to Universal Credit that will affect how much money current claimants receive. These changes are:

  • The end of the £20 uplift. ​The extra £20 claimants have received since April 2020 is due to be withdrawn at the end of of September. The uplift was put in place to help people avoid destitution during the pandemic –​ yet its planned removal will occur while the economic effects of Covid-19 are still being felt and it will leave out-of-work benefits at their lowest in real terms in 30 years. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation says that the cut risks forcing 500,000 people into poverty​, while six former Conservative Party Work and Pensions secretaries have written a letter in opposition to it. 
  • The reintroduction of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) from August 1. This is the amount the Government expects people in gainful self-employment on Universal Credit to earn. The figure is different for everyone depending on how many hours they work, but its reintroduction means that if you are earning less than the MIF, it will be used to calculate how much money you receive –​ instead of what you actually earn, which has been the case since the start of the pandemic. Although the Department of Work & Pensions will have discretionary powers over whether it applies to individuals, it means that many will receive less money from Universal Credit. 

Equity is lobbying to stop the government from implementing these plans and taking money away from those at risk of falling below the poverty line. To do this, we need your help –​ by filling in the survey below, you will be helping us to show how changes to Universal Credit will affect our members and why these changes must be stopped. 

Complete the survey​

You can access more welfare advice on the Equity website.