Universal Credit claimants are starting to receive notifications that their payments will fall from October 1.

Alerts are being issued through the Universal Credit web portal, advising households of their new rates once the £20 uplift is scrapped this autumn.

The £80 increase, described as a lifeline for many families, was introduced at the height of the pandemic last year, to help reduce the pressure on those affected by Covid.

It means the average adult on the standard allowance will see their payments drop from £411.51 to £324.84.

On average, the benefit is worth an extra £1,040 a year.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has insisted the £billion boost will end in October despite charities pleading for it to be made permanent.

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The average over-25 the standard allowance will see their payments drop from £411.51 to £324.84 (



It says it will be updating online portals throughout August and September with updates on what the changes mean for claimants.

Once an update has been made, you’ll receive an email asking to you check your portal.

Will Quince MP, the minister for welfare delivery, confirmed in a letter to Work and Pensions Committee chair Stephen Timms that claimants will not be notified in writing.

Instead the DWP will update claimants' statements and journal messages "making it clear that [the uplift] will no longer be included in their standard allowance".

To check your Universal Credit journal and statement, you should log on to your online account.

Charity Turn2Us has previously warned that the removal of uplift could see 500,000 people "pulled into poverty overnight" with thousands forced to food banks.

However, extending the uplift would cost the government around £6billion every year.

When the cuts kick in, claimants will lose £20 a week from their benefit payments.

The full extent of how it will affect you will be added to your online statement.

To give an estimate, here’s what you could receive from October 1 to the end of the tax year.