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Universal Credit

Are you worried about the upcoming changes to benefits? Want to know how it will affect you and your family?

Universal Credit is a benefit for people of working age on a low income or out of work.

It is being introduced in stages as part of the Government’s welfare reforms. The changes began in November 2016, with most changes likely to take place in the South-West region in late 2017 through to 2018.

Universal Credit replaces:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

Universal Credit is paid as a single monthly payment into your chosen bank or building society account.

Support for rent and housing costs are included in Universal Credit and this will normally be paid to you rather than your landlord, even if you rent from a housing association, unless you have serious financial concerns.

For further information, follow the links on the side of the page. 

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