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Universal Credit advice

Advice for people getting ready for the roll-out of Universal Credit, which goes live in Ringwood and Lymington Jobcentres from 26 September 2018

Universal Credit could affect anyone of working age who lives in the New Forest and is making a new claim for Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Employment & Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit or Housing Benefit. 

Advice for anyone preparing for Universal Credit: 

• Make sure you have a bank account

• Fill in an online form at www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit

For help with computer skills our Digital Champions can help. Ask at any New Forest library for a referral. 

• Set up a 'Verify Now' account at www.gov.uk/verify 

• Manage a monthly budget. 

Universal Credit will usually be a monthly payment, paid in arrears. Recipients will be responsible for paying all their bills directly, including rent. For money management advice, visit a Citizens Advice office. Call 0300 3309 009 to find out the nearest one, or contact the Money Advice Service on 0800 138 77 77.)

Eligibility for Universal Credit can be checked at www.gov.uk/universalcredit or Universal Credit Freephone Helpline 0800 3285644. 

For people in the district already claiming Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit or Housing Benefit, there is no need to do anything right now as they will get a letter from their existing benefit provider to tell advise when they will be moving to Universal Credit and what to do.  

For further advice on Universal Credit in the New Forest please contact NFDC's Benefits team on 01590 646121 or visit www.newforest.gov.uk/benefits  

http://www.newforest.gov.uk/article/16626/Universal-Credit

 

Published: 10 Sep 2018
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