DWP: Touchbase – 23 October 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements

Financial support for businesses and workers increased

This week the government announced changes to its winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come, supporting jobs and helping to contain the virus.

In recognition of the challenging times ahead, the Chancellor said he would be increasing support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes, and expanding business grants to support companies in high-alert level areas.

For further information, please visit GOV.UK

Universal Credit regulation change for customers who are paid monthly

DWP has amended Universal Credit for those who are paid monthly by their employer, and occasionally receive two payments from their employer in one month.

DWP staff now have the ability to reallocate a second monthly payment from a customer’s employer into a different assessment period.

This means that if, for example, people are paid early by their employer due to their regular monthly pay date falling on a weekend or bank holiday they won’t have two wages allocated to one assessment period.

This change will come into effect on 16 November.

Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment scheme is available from 1 November until 31 March. It provides people on certain benefits £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather and is paid automatically.

Claimants receiving a qualifying benefit can check if their postcode has been triggered for a payment.