UC is a new type of benefit designed to
support people who are on a low income
or out of work. It replaces six existing
benefits, including housing benefit, and
is currently being rolled out across the
UK. Under this new system, you will
receive a one-off monthly payment
straight into a bank account. You will
then be responsible for paying your bills,
including rent, every month.
If your circumstances change, ensure
you are ready for UC by following our
four simple steps. Or ask us for a handy
pocket guide for future reference.
Universal Credit (UC) is now
live in all the areas where we
Are you ready for
1. Get ahead
with your rent
It can take up to seven weeks for you to
receive the first UC payment following your
claim, so you need to make sure your rent
account is kept up to date. Remember that
your rent is due in advance so make this a
priority when you first get paid.
2. Open a bank
UC can only be paid directly into a bank,
building society or credit union account. Set up
direct debits for your bills, including your rent,
as this is the best way to make sure everything
is paid on time.
3. Prepare a budget
UC is paid monthly so make sure you know how
to make your money last for the month.
4. Get online
UC can only be claimed online so you need to
know how to use the internet. If you do not
have internet access at home, your local Job
Centre Plus or local authority will be able to
help you. We also have computers in our offices
where you can make your claim.
You can findmore information about
UC on our website, including a frequently
asked questions leaflet.
Other useful information regarding UC can
be found on the Money Advice service website:www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Get ready in four