From today (18 April), job centres in the Wakefield area will begin processing claims for the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) new benefit called Universal Credit (UC).
UC is a new benefit that will replace six working age benefits with a single monthly payment, similar to a monthly working wage. The six benefits being replaced are:
•Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
•Child Tax Credits
•Working Tax Credits
UC does not include assistance with your Council Tax. People claiming Universal Credit will still have to contact Wakefield Council to apply for Council Tax Support.
People of pension age are not affected. After new claims have been introduced for singles, couples and families across the country, existing benefit claims will then be migrated over to UC from 2018. UC will be paid directly to one member of the household into a bank, Building Society, or credit union account once per month, in arrears.
If you are informed that you need to claim UC, it is important that you inform us as soon as possible. We will then be able to provide you with the information you need so that DWP can include support towards your housing costs and with your UC award.
If you would like further information about UC, you can visit the Universal Credit page or if you have concerns about managing your money on a monthly basis, in arrears you can contact our Cash Wise team. Additional information to help you prepare for UC can be found on the GOV.UK website.