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When will Universal Credit affect me?

When will Universal Credit affect me?

You might have seen stories in the news about the Government delaying the time when people who receive income-related benefits will be moved on to Universal Credit. This is a big change but if you are making a new claim for benefits now, or are already claiming benefits and have a change in your circumstances, be aware you may still have to claim Universal Credit.

A change in circumstances means a lot of different things. Here are a couple of examples to give you an idea. You come off Job Seekers Allowance and Housing Benefit due to finding work. A few months later, your work ends. You won't claim Job Seekers Allowance and Housing Benefit again but Universal Credit instead. Here’s another example. You're claiming benefits as a couple and split up. Your new benefit claim will be for Universal Credit instead.

Watch our short and simple video explaining how Universal Credit works here.

If you transfer from Housing Benefit to Universal Credit, your Housing Benefit payment will continue for an extra 2 weeks after the start of your Universal Credit claim. This extra 2 weeks of Housing Benefit is to help with your housing costs while you wait for your first payment of Universal Credit, which will take at least five weeks.

The payment will be made automatically when you apply for Universal Credit and you don't need to pay it back. It also won't affect how much Universal Credit you get.

For advice about Universal Credit and other benefits, text UC HELP to 66099 and one of our friendly, expert advisors will contact you.


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