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From October 2013, Universal Credit was introduced to bring together a number of working-age benefits including Housing Benefit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Benefit and Carer’s Allowance (income related).
It is being phased in over a number of years starting with new claimants or those with a change of circumstances. If you are on Universal Credit, your housing costs will be included in your monthly payment.
If you’d like more information on Universal Credit, or to find out if the changes could affect you, please get in touch.
If you need help setting up your online account take a look at this useful video…
Making a new claim for Universal Credit
Check you have everything you need to apply
Before you apply for Universal Credit, you’ll need to gather some Information together. This will help make sure you only have to do the application once, and help you to get Universal Credit as quickly as possible if you’re eligible.
Don’t start your application until you have all of the following details for you and your partner with you:
You’ll need evidence for all these details for when you go to your interview, so you’ll need to gather all the documents together, e.g. landlord agreement (or a letter from them with your rent amount on it), payslips, bank statements etc. details of any other benefits you’re getting, i.e. what benefit and how much you get.