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RENT IN ADVANCE:

Remember all rent payments

are due in advance. To avoid

any risk of losing your home,

you must pay rent. This is

particularly important for those

applying for Universal Credit as

you need to continue to pay

your rent even during the

assessment period prior to

receiving your first payment.

Making small overpayments

now will help give you a cushion

if you need to claim Universal

Credit while you wait for your

first payment.

CHRISTMAS IS SADLY OFTEN A TIME OF

MONEY PRESSURE, BUT HELP IS ON HAND

ALL YEAR ROUND FOR EMH HOMES

RESIDENTS THANKS TO OUR FREE MONEY

AND BENEFITS ADVICE.

HERE IS A ROUND-UP OF SOME CHANGES TO BENEFITS

AND HOW TO ACCESS OUR SUPPORT…

MONEY MATTERS:

AN IMPORTANT

ROUND UP

UNIVERSAL CREDIT PAYMENT CHANGES:

The Government has pledged

to reduce Universal Credit

payment times so claims start

on the day the application is

made. Currently they start seven

days after, so this move once

introduced will reduce waiting

times by one week.

From January 2018, households

needing an advance payment

will soon be able to access it

within five days of applying and

to receive up to 100% of their

Universal Creditmonthlypayment.

They will also have up to 12

months to pay back the advance

to the government.

The budget also announced

that from April 2018 those who

used to claim housing benefit

but have moved to Universal

Credit will continue to receive

the support for the first

fortnight when transferring to

the new system. If you haven’t

previously claimed benefits

towards your rent, you will still

need to wait around five or six

weeks to get your first

Universal Credit payment.

However, currently tenants are

waiting up to on average six to

seven weeks for their first claim

to land in accounts, so preparing

now is very important.

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