Universal credit

As part of the Welfare Reform Act, a new payment system known as 'Universal Credit' is being introduced that will bring about fundamental changes to how people's benefits are paid. Universal Credit replaces a number of benefits (including Housing Benefit) with one single monthly payment for your household. If you and your partner are eligible for Universal Credit, you will receive one payment rather than two. This payment will be paid to you monthly in arrears. Universal Credit currently applies up to the age of 60 years and 6 months.


What benefits does it replace?


Universal Credit will replace the following payments:
•    Housing Benefit
•    Income Support
•    Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
•    Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
•    Child Tax Credit
•    Working Tax Credit


Your Housing Benefit will no longer be paid directly to us; it will be paid straight to you. This means that you will become responsible for paying your rent on time.


How to apply for Universal Credit

You can ONLY apply for Universal Credit online using a computer, tablet or smart phone - there are no paper forms to complete. This means you will need to have use or access to the internet to apply.


How will Universal Credit be paid to me?

It will be paid monthly into your bank account so you will need a bank account to receive Universal Credit payments. It might be a good idea for you to open a separate bank account to receive your Universal Credit payment. This way, your payment won’t be mixed up with your current cash.


You can find out more information about Universal Credit here 


How can I pay my rent to Saxon Weald?

One of the biggest changes for those on Universal Credit will be that they need to pay their rent directly to their landlord – for some this may be the first time they have had to do this. The easiest way to make sure your rent is paid on time would be to set up an automatic payment on the day you receive your Universal Credit – either as a standing order or Direct Debit. Please see the 'ways to pay’ section on our website for full details of the different payment methods available. If you don’t pay your full rent amount on time, you could end up losing your home.


Further information and advice can be found on the government website www.gov.uk, money advice service website  or click here to complete our online enquiry form.


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