Universal Credit has replaced the following benefits for new claims:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit.
Universal Credit is paid directly to claimants every month, including any help towards rent. This means you will be responsible for ensuring full rent is paid.
When a new claim is made for Universal Credit, there will be a wait of one calendar month plus seven days for the first payment. The DWP may consider paying Universal Credit twice a month if claimants will struggle with monthly payments.
You need to apply online so you can get ready for Universal Credit by setting up an email address and opening a bank account. If you feel you may have difficulty paying rent, contact us straight away on 0345 065 5656.