• Universal Credit: a guide for landlords
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    Universal Credit: a guide for landlords

    We understand how important it is to build good relationships with your tenants. If you have a tenant that is claiming or needs to claim Universal Credit, you can help and support them along the way. You can find the ‘Universal Credit and rented housing: guide for landlords’ on gov.uk by searching ‘Universal Credit and landlords’ Depending on your tenant’s circumstances some may need more help than others. You can signpost your tenant to the Citizens Advice Help to Claim service by going to www.citizensadvice.org.uk/helptoclaim The Help to Claim service offers tailored, practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim up to receiving their first full correct payment.…

  • Is Universal Credit for me?
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    Is Universal Credit for me?

    Is Universal Credit for me? Universal Credit is already providing financial support to millions of people across the country. It replaces a number of different benefits and combines them into one monthly payment to help towards things like housing costs and household bills. You may be able to claim Universal Credit if you’re out of work or on a low income, are a single parent or full time carer or if you have a health condition or disability. If you can work, then you can also get support finding and applying for jobs. If you can’t work at the moment Universal Credit can continue to support you. And if you…

  • How Universal Credit’s Work Allowance works for you.
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    How Universal Credit’s Work Allowance works for you.

    Have you heard you can actually work as many hours as you like under Universal Credit. And there’s no more 16 hour limit. Yeah that’s right, now there are no limits on how many hours a week you can work if you’re claiming Universal Credit. A Work Allowance might also be available to help you with your earnings. That’s good to know how does Work Allowance help me then? If you’re employed, your Universal Credit payment will reduce gradually as you earn more. Work Allowance is the amount of money you can earn before this effect takes place. Will I get Work Allowance? Work Allowance is available to most people…

  • NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit
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    NHS Prescriptions and Universal Credit

    If you live in the UK and claim Universal Credit, you may be entitled to help with your health costs and this can include free NHS prescriptions. To qualify, you’ll need to be claiming Universal Credit and have earned less than £435 in your last assessment period either on your own or claiming as a couple, or earned less than £935 if you are looking after a child, or you or your partner has limited capability for work. Currently, as NHS prescriptions do not have a tick box on to say you are exempt from paying because you receive Universal Credit, you must tick the Income Based Jobseekers Allowance box…

  • Universal Credit and managing your money
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    Universal Credit and managing your money

    Benefits are changing. The new benefit called Universal Credit will mean that instead of getting money every week or every fortnight, you will get one monthly payment. If you receive help towards your rent this will be included in the monthly payment and not paid directly to the landlord, as is at the moment. All this means that you have to be extra careful about how you spend your money “Hi, how are you?” “I’m great! “I’ve just got my universal credit. It’s really cool. “I’ve got loads of money.” “Hundreds of pounds.” “I’ve never had so much at one time.” “A holiday would be great. “But I think maybe…

  • Scrap Universal Credit
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    Scrap Universal Credit

    Mr Speaker we have heard a lot of warm words from the Secretary of State and members on the Government benches about Universal Credit, but I was recently approached by a constituent who has had to give up a well-paid job because of severe anxiety and depression, and after a wait for Universal Credit, is going to be £400 a month worse off. So, will the Secretary of State disown the Prime Minister’s assertion that austerity is over? Because it certainly isn’t for people on Universal Credit.

  • Advanced Universal Credit Claims for Care Leavers
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    Advanced Universal Credit Claims for Care Leavers

    If you are leaving care and are coming up to your 18th birthday, you can make an advanced claim for Universal Credit. Your care worker or Jobcentre Work Coach can help you make this claim online. This can be done up to 21 days before your 18th birthday. These claims cannot be submitted until your 18th birthday but can be viewed and checked by a Work Coach at your pre claim interview. You will be invited to the pre claim interview once you can made your advanced claim. At the pre claim interview the Jobcentre will need to check your identification, check your bank account details, confirm that you are…

  • DWP: What is Universal Credit?
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    DWP: What is Universal Credit?

    Universal Credit is a new service that helps ensure you are better off in work than you are on benefits. It’s for people who are out of work or on a low income and is designed to make work pay. It replaces 6 benefits including Jobseeker’s Allowance, tax credits and Housing Benefit, with one single monthly payment. Universal Credit is usually claimed online. Your jobcentre can tell you about local places where you can access the internet for free. Universal Credit tops up your earnings when you start work or increase your hours. Your payment reduces gradually as you earn more, so you won’t lose all your benefits at once.…