Process of applying coronavirus uplift to working tax credit

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

In 2020 the decision was taken to uplift Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by £20 a week for a limited duration of time. Legacy Benefits were not uplifted due to the systems they run on being older and difficult to update.

Please could you provide copies of any information (be it user guides, service manuals, work instructions, processes - whichever form it takes) which details the process of :

- applying a change to the rate of Employment and Support Allowance
- applying a change to the rate of Working Tax Credit

Additionally, in 2021 a small extension of 6 months was applied to the UC uplift and Working Tax Credit recipients received a one-off payment of £500 as that was easier to facilitate.

Please also provide copies of any information which details the process of :

- applying a one-off payment of this nature to Working Tax Credit
- applying a one-off payment to Employment and Support Allowance

Yours faithfully,

Finn Keaney

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Meghan Coopey left an annotation ()

What a great question.

It will be interesting to see what the DWP comes back with.

freedomofinformation.mailbox@dwp.gov.uk,

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Dear Finn Keaney,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 14th
February.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team