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Universal Credit is a new benefit to support you if you’re working and on a low income or you’re out of work. This page explains how Universal Credit is different from existing benefits, how much you’ll be paid, the different elements  and how to apply for it.

 U-turn over Universal Credit 2 child cap 


Comments from Gary Vaux 

The benefit cap is NOT being lifted. The existing two-child policy is NOT changing. If you are on child tax credit or universal credit, you still wont get those benefits for children born after April 2017. What Amber Rudd has done is stopping a change to the two child policy due in Feb that would have extended the 2-child limit to all NEW claims for universal credit no matter when the children were born. So a woman with 3 children aged 5, 8 and 10, making a new UC claim because she has lost her job or is fleeing domestic violence would have had benefit limited to two children if she hadn't been on tax credits or UC previously. That will no longer happen. People already getting Child Tax Credits or UC for 3 or more children born before April 2017 are protected anyway so this gives new claimants the same protection.

Read the full article on BBC News

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