• Universal Credit explained: 2. Getting ready to claim
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    Universal Credit explained: 2. Getting ready to claim

    Universal Credit is claimed online. If you don’t have access to a computer, smartphone or tablet, you can get online by visiting the Digital Zone in your local Jobs & Benefits office or a public library. You will need a bank account and an email address, so make sure you have both of these ready before you begin your claim. If you need help to set up an email address, visit your local Jobs & Benefits office or public library. You will also need your National Insurance Number, so have it handy to. The more information you have ready, the quicker you will complete the claim process. You don’t have…

  • Universal Credit explained: 4. Starting a claim
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    Universal Credit explained: 4. Starting a claim

    When you begin the claim process, the first question you will be asked is about your relationships. This is because we need to establish whether you are living with a partner. If you are living with a partner, your individual Universal Credit claims will be linked to make sure you receive the correct payments. This is done through a linking code that will be sent to your email. We only do this if you are living with your partner. Once your relationship status has been established, you will go to the next stage, which is your to-do list. On the left, you will see a number of headings. When you…

  • Universal Credit explained: 3. Creating your account
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    Universal Credit explained: 3. Creating your account

    You will need an email address to create your Universal Credit account. If you don’t have one and are unsure of how to get one, you can speak to staff in your local Jobs & Benefits office or library. The first page asks you to set up a username and password. You will need to scroll down the page and fill in the form, step by step until you hit the next button to go to the next stage. If you accidentally move onto the next stage without filling in all your details, the system will ask you to complete the sections you have missed by showing you which these…

  • The Universal Periodic Review explained
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    The Universal Periodic Review explained

    Human rights. They’re a big subject. They’re global, They’re a big subject. They’re global, but they’re also local. Human rights are your rights! They deal with everyday issues like … Equality and non-discrimination. Reproductive rights. Health. The rights of persons with disabilities. Education. Access to justice. Adequate housing. L.G.B.T. rights. The list goes on. How can we ensure that the Government implements them? In 2006, the UN set up the Universal Periodic Review. The UPR is a peer review mechanism, which means that UN Member States examine each other’s human rights record with a critical eye. Ireland made lots of promises during its first UPR in 2011. When Ireland goes…

  • Universal Credit explained: 7. Claiming help towards housing costs
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    Universal Credit explained: 7. Claiming help towards housing costs

    You may get money to help with your housing costs. This is known as a Housing Element. It can cover rent and some service charges. If you rent your home and are entitled to the Housing Element, this will be paid directly to your landlord. Universal Credit does not include help towards your rates, but a rate rebate scheme is available. You can find out more at nidirect.gov.uk/rate-rebate-scheme If you’re a homeowner and are unemployed, you may be able to get help towards mortgage interest payments. This is called Support for Mortgage Interest. Support for Mortgage Interest is a loan, which you’ll need to repay with interest when you sell…

  • Universal Credit explained: 5. Verifying your identity
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    Universal Credit explained: 5. Verifying your identity

    As part of your claim, you will need to verify your identity. In other words, prove who you are. You can do this online, or you can make an appointment to visit your local Jobs & Benefits office. To verify your identity online, you will need a British or Irish passport or a UK or Northern Ireland driving licence. To verify online you will use gov.uk/verify. You need to have a UK address, but you don’t have to be a UK citizen. It normally takes between five and 15 minutes. In some cases, it may take longer. When you use gov.uk/verify you choose from a list of identity providers, also…

  • Universal Credit explained: 9. Claiming if you are self employed
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    Universal Credit explained: 9. Claiming if you are self employed

    Everyone claiming Universal Credit needs to report their self-employed earnings at the end of each monthly assessment period. If you’re expected to look for and be available for work, then it needs to be identified whether you are gainfully self-employed. This means your self-employed work is your main job. It is planned, regular and expected to make a profit. You must provide evidence about your business and earnings to your Work Coach, for example, your tax returns, accounts and any business plan. If you’re gainfully self-employed, your Universal Credit payment may be calculated using an assumed level of earnings called a minimum income floor. It’s based on what an employed…

  • Irish Farmer Vs Universal Music – Foil Arms and Hog
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    Irish Farmer Vs Universal Music – Foil Arms and Hog

    We will now hear case 742: Mícheál O’Conaill Vs. Universal Music Your honour I’m not a man to complain But for the past 20 years my songs original ones that I wrote have been robbed lifted whatever you call it by the world’s biggest pop stars And not one penny has come my way to Ballynahaunig. Universal Music how do you plead? Universal Music pleads not guilty. That these pop super stars have even heard of some pub singer in a rural Irish town is preposterous. Me hole! Mr O’Conaill the court will now hear your versions of these songs. This one wrote in the summer of ’94 I was…

  • English Civil War: Crash Course European History #14
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    English Civil War: Crash Course European History #14

    Hi I’m John Green and this is Crash Course European History. And as we saw last week, Absolutism was in the air during the seventeenth century, but not just in France. Across the English Channel, King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England after the death of the childless Elizabeth in 1603, and he found himself thinking, “You know, I might not agree with everything those French Catholics believe, but they are onto something when it comes to the Divine Right of kings to have absolute power.” The inhabitants of the British Isles, however, weren’t so sure. In fact, Protestant reformers were imagining a different idea of…