Adequacy of UC Standard Allowance rate for claimants with Limited Capability for Work (LCW)

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Dear DWP,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request information regarding the Standard Allowance rate for Universal Credit (UC) claimants assessed as having Limited Capability for Work (LCW) but not Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity (LCWRA).

For claimants over 25 the Standard Allowance is £368 per month, while it is lower for under-25s. Many claimants also face deductions from this allowance for debts, advances, etc.

Despite the DWP determining an LCW claimant is too ill or disabled to work, no additional financial support is provided.

Please provide:

- Internal guidelines on what the Standard Allowance (for all age groups) is expected to cover in terms of living costs.
- Minutes, briefings or assessments discussing the adequacy of the allowance for LCW claimants.
- Statistics demonstrating how LCW claimants can afford essential living costs.
- An explanation of how LCW claimants are expected to pay for food, utilities, etc on the Standard Allowance.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Campbell

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Dear Stephen Campbell,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 18th
October.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team