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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:

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

Universal Credit?

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:


Get ready in four

simple steps: