Standard allowance

The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 (SI.No.371/2020) make provision for the temporary increase of the standard allowance during 2020/2021 and the Universal Credit (Extension of Coronavirus Measures) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.313/2021) make provision for the temporary increase of the standard allowance to continue to October 2021.

NB: See below for equivalent legislation in Northern Ireland.

Standard allowance in 2020/2021

Regulation 3 of SI.No.371/2020

Modifies the amount of the standard allowance in addition to uprating in relation to 2020/2021 (although the temporary increase will not apply for the purposes of calculating transitional protection in relation to a claimant who is moved to universal credit under managed migration).

Standard allowance from April 2021 to October 2021

Regulation 2 of SI.No.313/2021

Modifies the amount of the standard allowance in addition to uprating in relation to assessment periods ending on or after 6 April 2021 and before 6 October 2021. However, the temporary increase will not apply for the purposes of calculating transitional protection in relation to a claimant who is moved to universal credit under managed migration or a former recipient of the severe disability premium who has naturally migrated).

SR.No.53/2020 (as amended by SR.No.67/2021) makes provision in Northern Ireland for 2020/2021 equivalent to that in Great Britain in relation to temporary increase to the standard allowance.

Further explanation of the policy change in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is set out in guidance.

Advice for decision making

ADM Memo 04/20

​Includes advice on the increase of the standard allowances for the period from 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021.

We’re not aware of any case law relating to this issue.