In West Dunbartonshire, Universal Credit (UC) Full Service commences on 28th November 2018. Six of the main means-tested benefits and tax credits will be affected:
Universal Credit should simplify the benefits system by paying a range of working-age benefits together as one single payment.
Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work. Universal Credit is different because it is a single benefit which will replace all of the following benefits:
You need to make a claim online at www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit
You should be aware that:
You will need the following information and documentation to make a claim for Universal Credit:
Universal Credit is made up of a standard personal allowance plus elements for one or more of the following:
Your maximum Universal Credit Award is made up of:
You will get the maximum award if your household has no other earnings and savings or capital of £6,000 or less.
If you or someone in your household has other earnings and/or savings, these will be taken into account when working out your Universal Credit payment.
You will typically receive your first payment of UC five weeks from the date on which you complete your online claim. Your circumstances are assessed each month, this period is known as your assessment period, you are typically then paid seven days after your assessment period has ended each month.
If you cannot manage you can request a Universal Credit Advance, you can do this by discussing your situation with your work coach or by phoning the DWP on 0800 328 5644. UC Advances can also be requested via your online journal.
No you will receive you payments for rent as part of your Universal Credit payment each month. You will however have the option to request these payments are made directly to your landlord.
No, you will need to apply for this separately. Visit the apply for a Council Tax Reduction page to complete the form.
These are called Universal Credit (Scottish Choices).
When you claim Universal Credit you will be offered these choices via your online journal following receipt of your first payment of UC. The choices offered to you will be the following: