Universal Credit (UC) is a government payment to help support you with your living costs if you are on a low income or out of work. It replaces a number of legacy benefits, including Housing Benefit, with one single monthly payment for your household. Find more information please visit: www.gov.uk/universal-credit
Most of our customers who claim benefits and are under pensionable age, will need to make a claim for Universal Credit.
If you receive legacy benefits you’ll stay on them unless you receive a Managed Migration notice or have a change of circumstance such as moving house, becoming unemployed or splitting up with a partner.
The amount designated to cover your rent gets paid to you in your Universal Credit payment. This means that you will be responsible for paying your rent on time.
Please note that Universal Credit does not include Council Tax Reduction. You must apply for this separately through your local Revenue and Benefit Office. You can apply for a council tax reduction online here.
How to apply for Universal Credit
To find out how to apply for Universal Credit please visit: www.gov.uk/universal-credit/how-to-claim
If you need support with making a claim, Citizens Advice provide a free 'Help to Claim’ service. This includes:
You can access this service through the Citizens Advice website. Alternatively, speak to an adviser by calling 0800 144 8444.
You can read their online advice on Universal Credit at any time.
Help getting online
All West Sussex libraries have free Wi-Fi, as well as computers with internet access, email services and Microsoft office applications.
For more information about West Sussex Libraries click here.
For more information about East Sussex Libraries click here.
For more information about Hampshire Libraries click here.
How will Universal Credit be paid to me?
Universal Credit will be paid monthly in arrears into your bank account, so you will need a bank account, building society account or a similar account with a provider such as a credit union. Make sure you can pay your rent and other bills from that account.
Budget planners can help you work out how much money you have each month and help you keep track of where spend it. Money Helper has a budget calculator that could help.
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.
How can I pay my rent to Saxon Weald?
The easiest way to make sure your rent is paid on time, is by setting up a standing order or Direct Debit to us on the day you receive your payment.
If you sign up to our online services, you can check your rent balance and make payments at a time that suits you.
For details of all ways to pay your rent, visit our 'ways to pay' section on our website.
If you don't pay your full rent on time, you could end up losing your home.
Find out if you're missing out on financial help by using the benefits calculator to work out your possible entitlements.