Universal Credit payments can be raised or lowered from month to month based on the claimants circumstances. One of the main things to affect these payment variations is debt.
The specific amount taken off Universal Credit to pay for these kinds of debts will be calculated on a month by month basis.
The amount may change if the claimant’s earnings or other benefits changes.
DWP note it’s not possible to tell the claimant how much will be taken off before the calculation takes place.
Normally, the most that can be taken off from a payment is 30 percent of the claimant’s standard allowance.
For those who are struggling with repaying their debts, they may be able to ask for a financial hardship decision to reduce the amount of benefit debt they pay.
The DWP will evaluate the claimants request and if a decision has been made to reduce the amount paid, it will be applied automatically to future Universal Credit payments.
Advice on money and debt can also be sought from the government or other organisations such as Citizens Advice.
There is also a designated service on the government’s website that can highlight who claimants can contact for specific debt repayment issues.