Universal Credit is now in place across the South East. At the moment Universal Credit only applies to new claims from single people but it will be rolled out to everyone else of working age and you can start preparing now so you’re ready.
What is Universal Credit?
For people of working age Universal Credit will replace these six benefits with a single monthly payment:
If you are already claiming, or plan to claim any of these benefits it is important you find out about Universal Credit and how it will affect you.
Visit our website: www.tchg.org.uk/universalcredit or call us and we will send you a copy of our guide to benefit changes.
Here are our 6 Top Tips to prepare yourself for Universal Credit:
- Get your rent account into credit. If you pay at least £3.70 per week on top of your rent now it will reduce the risk of getting into arrears when you’re switched over to Universal Credit.
- Open a bank or building society account or check the one you have can receive your Universal Credit payment and that you can use it to set up direct debits.
- Decide how you’re going to pay your rent. Direct debits are a quick and easy way to pay. You set it up once and don’t have to remember when to pay.
- Get used to monthly budgeting. You will receive your Universal Credit once a month so you’ll need to ensure you pay your rent and other bills leaving enough for essentials, such as food, for the month.
- If you are struggling to make ends meet you should contact us straight away as we can help with money advice or refer you on to someone else if needs be.
- Make sure you will be able to claim online. You can access the internet free of charge at your local library and they often also offer computer training if you need it. Your local job centre can also help with your application and with access to money management and computer skills.