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Universal Credit change confirmed in Mini Budget - how it will affect you

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The government has outlined its mini-budget and, despite what its name suggests, the announcement was far from small and featured lots of changes that will affect people up and down the country.

In particular, one big shake-up is coming to those on Universal Credit, with Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng revealing that more than 100,000 people on benefits are likely to be affected by the change.

At present, people on Universal Credit who are working 12 hours or less a week on the National Living Wage risk having their benefits cut if they don’t meet regularly with a work coach to actively increase their earnings.

However, under new plans outlined today, this threshold will increase to those working 15 hours per week on the National Living Wage at the beginning of 2023.

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