From October 2013, the UK Government has started to roll out a new system under which all your benefits will be paid into your bank account in one lump sum. This is Universal Credit.
Universal Credit will replace a number of current benefits and tax credits including;
– Income based job seekers
– Housing Benefit
– Income related employment and support allowance
– Child tax credit and;
– Working Tax Credit
More information is on the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-you
How will it affect you
Instead of receiving your benefits at different times of the month – you will get one payment, once a month, paid directly into your bank account.
At the moment you may have chosen for your Housing Benefit to be paid directly to us. With Universal Credit, you will receive the money directly and will need to arrange to pay your rent to us.
Your Benefits, Your Budget, Your Responsibility
Get ready for Universal Credit now. The sooner you prepare for the changes the better off you will be.
1. Get online.
Most benefits needs to be claimed online via a computer. We have free internet access in our reception.
2. Make sure you budget.
It may take you some time to get used to receiving your benefits monthly, instead of weekly or fortnightly.
3. Get a bank account.
Universal Credit will only be paid into a bank account. If you don’t have a bank account – act now!