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.
UC has already been introduced in many
areas across the East Midlands. You can check
when it was introduced/is being introduced in
the area where you live by going to our website:www.emhhomes.org.uk
Once you have done that, use our checklist
(on the right) to get ready for UC in
four simple steps:
Universal Credit (UC) is a new type of benefit
designed to support people who are on a low
income or out of work.
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