Backdated pay award for support staff and impact on Universal Credit
Following several enquiries received concerning the impact of the backdated pay award for support staff members in receipt of Universal Credit, the NEU has produced model template letters to request that employers stagger any back-pay due. This is to minimise the risk of any future reductions in Universal Credit payments for members, which can be affected by one-off backdated payments.
Any arrangement of staggered pay should only be initiated at the request of the employee(s).
The Union is not recommending a specific time period for staggered pay, however a period of three months may be suitable in most cases depending on individual circumstances.