Department of Work & Pensions Update

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Published: 18/03/2021

Extension of furlough and support for the self-employed

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September 2021.  Employees will continue to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will continue with a fourth and a fifth grant. Many people who became self-employed in 2019-20, may now be able to claim direct cash grants under SEISS.

Universal Credit uplift and advances repayments

The Government confirmed a temporary 6-month extension to the £20 uplift and a one-off payment worth £500 for Working Tax Credit claimants.

New claimants will be able to spread Universal Credit advances repayments over a 24-month period and the maximum rate of deductions from Universal Credit will be reduced for all to 25%. 

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