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Universal Credit Sanctions - How much will a Universal Credit sanction be?

Read our guide to Universal Credit Sanctions

How much will a Universal Credit sanction be?

Single

If you are single and over 25, the sanction will be £10.40 per day for as long as your sanction lasts.

If you are single and under 25, the sanction will be £8.20 per day for as long as the sanction lasts.

Your sanction should not be more than your standard allowance. If you get additional elements for Universal Credit, you will carry on getting them. If you get money in your Universal Credit to help with your rent, it is important you carry on using it for your rent.

Couple

If you are in a couple and one or both of you is over 25, the sanction will be £8.20 per day if only one of you has been sanctioned. 

If you are in a couple and are both under 25, the sanction will be £6.40 per day if only one of you has been sanctioned.

Your sanction should not be more than half your standard allowance. If you receive additional elements for Universal Credit, you will carry on getting them. If you receive money in your Universal Credit to help with your rent, it is important you carry on using it for your rent.

Exceptions

You might have less money taken off your Universal Credit if:

  • You are 16 or 17 years old
  • You are only supposed to take part in work focused interviews – this mostly applies to people caring for young children and people with disabilities
  • You are someone who does not have to do anything to get your Universal Credit (no work related requirements), because:
    • You are the carer for a child under one
    • You are pregnant and your baby is due in less than 11 weeks
    • You had a baby less than 15 weeks ago
    • You are adopting a child and it is less than one year since the child was placed with you.

If you are in one of these groups but are having the full amount of your standard allowance taken from your Universal Credit payments, you should get independent advice.
 

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