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Universal Credit

 

Universal Credit is a new monthly payment for working-age claimants and replaces the following benefits and tax credits:    

  • Housing Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credits
  • Working Tax Credit

When you claim Universal Credit, you will be paid one monthly lump sum in arrears.

You will be responsible for paying rent

Once you have claimed Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit will no longer be paid to St. Leger Homes and your housing costs will be paid directly to you.

When will Universal Credit affect me?    

Currently:

  • Universal Credit is only available for new claims from single, childless people who would have normally claimed Jobseekers Allowance         

From 11 October 2017:

  • 'Full service' Universal Credit will be introduced to Jobcentres in Doncaster, meaning  couples and families who would have normally claimed one of the 6 benefits being replaced, will need to claim Universal Credit instead

  • Benefit claimants who have a particular change to their circumstances will also be required to make a new claim for Universal Credit. Click here for a list of the changes where a new claim for Universal Credit would be triggered

  • Claimants already receiving Universal Credit will be invited by the Jobcentre to reapply for 'full service' Universal Credit 

From 2019: 

  • Benefit claimants already receiving one of the 6 benefits being replaced will gradually migrate to Universal Credit  

How can I prepare for Universal Credit?

There are a number of things you need to consider when claiming Universal Credit. You will have to wait around 6 weeks for your first payment so it will be vital to save money beforehand to see you through this period.

You will also need to have the right bank account, regular access to the internet and be able to manage a monthly budget. Click here for useful tips on how to prepare. 

Make a claim for Universal Credit

If you think you are eligible, click here to make a claim online.

Which benefits will continue to be paid separately?    

  • Local Council Tax Support (previously Council Tax Benefit)    

  • Child Benefit   
  • Jobseekers Allowance (Contributions Based)
  • Employment & Support Allowance (Contributions Based) 
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment 
  • Carer’s Allowance        
  • Social Fund        
  • Other Benefits not listed above such as Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity Pay & Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Other benefits such as Child Benefit, Personal Independence Payments and Contributions Based Employment & Support Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance will continue to be paid separately

Find out more about Universal Credit on the Money Advice Service website and at gov.uk

Awards

Contact

St Leger Court
White Rose Way
Doncaster
DN4 5ND
Tel: 01302 862862
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