Welfare Reform – universal credit
The Government is changing the benefits system during the next four years. A number of benefits will be replaced to make the system simpler. The new benefit will be called Universal Credit and only one payment for all of your benefits, including your Housing Benefit, will be made.
You will no longer be able to have your Housing Benefit paid direct to your landlord. The Government is doing this as it wants people to manage money for themselves. You will receive a monthly payment, in arrears, so it is important that you budget for your money to last the whole month. This also means that from the date that you start to receive Universal Credit, you will be responsible for paying your own rent.
You will need to make sure that you pay your rent every month when you receive your payment of Universal Credit; if you do not pay your rent you risk losing your home. If you want to discuss different ways that you can pay your rent, please contact a member of Derwen. It would also be better if you didn’t pay your rent in arrears at the end of the month. You might like to start putting a small amount of money away now so that you are not faced with a large amount to pay when you change to Universal Credit. You could start to make payments of £4 monthly or £1 weekly to your rent account.
Households of working age who claim in-work or out of work benefits. These include Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
No definite date has yet been given. We will update you as soon as we have more information. Existing claims will be moved over by October 2017.