benefit-changes-logo-rgb-b_v_Variation_1Do you need to claim, or have you claimed, Universal Credit?

Either way, talk to us! We are here to help.

If you are struggling to manage your Universal Credit payments than Alternative Payment Arrangements may be available. This includes having the housing element of your Universal Credit payment sent directly to YHN. Please contact your local housing office if you would like to discuss this.

Universal Credit is a benefit for those on a low income that replaces six other benefits, including Housing Benefit, that have been around for a long time. These are:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
You can find out more about Universal Credit in this helpful short film Universal Credit is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) via Job Centre Plus and is for people of working age who are working, seeking to work, or unable to work. It is paid monthly,in arrears, direct to a bank account and must be managed online. It includes money for housing costs (rent) and extra costs relating to children.

When is it happening?

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the country and is already available in Newcastle.

The Universal Credit ‘full service’ is when Universal Credit is introduced into an area for all new claims to the above benefits and Tax Credits for all claimant types, including anyone who is currently on existing benefits or Tax Credits and has a change of circumstance that would naturally trigger a new claim to Universal Credit.

The introduction of the ‘full service’ is part of a national roll out taking place between May 2016 and December 2018. Once this process has completed, the DWP will begin migrating all remaining existing benefit claimants to the Universal Credit ‘full service’ from December 2019 to December 2023. These timescales are later than previously discussed due to the DWP announcing a delay to the Universal Credit programme.

Although the benefits listed above are being brought together under Universal Credit, the individual reasons for getting the benefits still apply so that hasn’t really changed. But there will be more work-related expectations on those who claim and the amounts claimed may be different.

Please note that Universal Credit is also subject to the benefit cap and “bedroom tax” and does not include assistance with Council Tax, so you will still have to contact Newcastle City Council to apply for Council Tax support. You can find out more information about that here.

You can also find out more about where to start in this short film we’ve created and there’s lots more information if you follow the links below. There is also a great deal of information on Newcastle City Council’s website here.