Universal Credit

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Benefit CapInformation explaining how the benefit cap works, who is affetced and what you can do if it applies to youFind out more...
Council Tax Support for people in receipt of Universal CreditWhat is happening to Council Tax Support?   People who are getting Universal Credit  still need to make a separate claim for Council Tax Support. All local authorities are reporting a reduced level of take up among people who are in receipt of Universal Credit. It appears that claimants are either assuming their Universal Credit […]Find out more...
Discretionary Housing PaymentInformation about Discretionary Housing Payment and how to claim thisFind out more...
Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Housing Cost RestrictionsInformaiton about Local Housing Allowance and rent restrictions for people who are under 35Find out more...
Housing Costs under Universal Credit if you live in rented AccommodationInformation about how you will get help with your rent when you claim Universal CreditFind out more...
Initial Universal Credit claims closing incorrectlyIt has been reported that almost 20% of initial Universal Credit (UC) claims are being closed due to non-compliance with the process. This is happening because claimants: fail to book an interview with the Job Centre soon after submitting their online claim fail to attend the interview with the Work Coach fail to state on […]Find out more...
Moving on to Universal Credit from other benefitsInformation to identify who can claim Universal CreditFind out more...
New Style Employment and Support AllowanceWhat is New Style Employment and Support Allowance? There are 2 types of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) – Contributory ESA and Income Related ESA which is means-tested. Contributory ESA is renamed New Style ESA when new claims are made after the full roll out stage of Universal Credit (UC) is reached. The rules for […]Find out more...
Overpayments of Universal Credit, Contributory Employment Support Allowance and Contributory Job Seekers AllowanceAn explanation of the rules which will apply to Universal Credit, Contributory Job Seeker's Allowance and Contributory Employment and Support Allowance and how overpayments will be recoveredFind out more...
Pension Credit Changes and Universal CreditWho can claim Pension Credit? At the moment you can claim Pension Credit as soon as you reach the pension age for a woman. These dates are available from the Age UK website If you are in a couple you can claim Pension Credit as soon as the oldest member of the couple reaches this age. […]Find out more...
Two Child RestrictionThis article explains the new two child policy introduced from April 2017Find out more...
Universal Credit and Alternative Payment ArrangementsInformation about how Universal Credit is paid and what options you have if this is causing you or your family difficulties or if you get into rent arrears because of thisFind out more...
Universal Credit and Health CostsPeople who receive means tested benefits are generally eligible for free help with: prescriptions vouchers for glasses or contact lenses sight tests NHS dental treatment hospital travel costs For people who are getting Universal Credit this assistance is available only to those who either have no earnings or have earnings of less than £435 net in […]Find out more...
Universal Credit and VulnerabilityDetails of who can be treated as vulnerable when claiming Universal Credit, why this is iimportant and how to let them know that you are vulnerableFind out more...
Universal Credit for people previously claiming Employment and Support AllowanceHow are people moved from ESA to UC People who live in Universal Credit (UC) full service areas should remain in receipt of Income Related Employment and Support Allowance until they are moved to Universal Credit under either Natural Migration or Managed Migration. Managed Migration is due to start in July 2019. Some people will […]Find out more...
Universal Credit rules for dependent 19 year oldsThe rules concerning payments for young people who remain in full time non advanced education are very different and less generous under Universal Credit  as they are under Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit. Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for 19 year old dependants The rules for Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit state […]Find out more...
Universal Credit Waiting Periods and Pay DaysInformation about when you can expect to be paid following your Unviersal Credit claim and what to do if you cannot manage until thenFind out more...
Where to get adviceInformation about where to get face to face advice on benefits and financial issuesFind out more...
Work Capability ReassessmentsWork Capability Assessments are the process  used  in claims for Universal Credit (UC) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) to determine whether or not DWP accept that the disabled person is incapable of work and also to award them points to place them in the appropriate category if they are incapable of work. Work Capability […]Find out more...